Ukraine reports new mass graves and estimates 22,000 dead in Mariupol


Exhumation of corpses in Bucha, Ukraine. – CAROL GUZY / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

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MADRID, May 30. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boichenko, has assured that new mass graves are being found in the city and has estimated the number of bodies after the passage of Russian forces at around 22,000, although these figures are likely to increase “significantly”.

“We estimate the death toll in Mariupol at 22,000. But more and more facts show that the consequences of racist crime are much worse. This requires special attention from the world community, as well as the terrible situation of the local population during the occupation” Boichenko has denounced.

According to the Mariupol City Council, 25 new trenches have been found in the Old Crimean Cemetery. “The bodies have been stacked in several layers and then ‘masked’ with plates as individual burials,” he explained.

Since mid-April, the occupants have buried at least 16,000 Mariupol residents in mass graves near the villages of Stari Krim, Mangush and Vinohradne, according to the City Council on its Telegram channel.

“Another 5,000 people have been buried by public services since mid-March”, while “thousands of bodies still remain under the rubble, in natural cemeteries and in temporary morgues”, it reports.

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Mariúpol is one of the main spaces of this war started three months ago by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. This port city on the shores of the Azov Sea has been practically destroyed due to the bombing after the siege to which it has been subjected by the Kremlin forces.

This is a fundamental scenario for the future of the war and future peace negotiations, with regard to the geostrategic and commercial interests of both countries, with Russia intending to close Ukraine’s outlet to the sea and unite the Donbas region. with the Crimean peninsula, both under its umbrella.

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