Satellite images show possible mass graves near Mariupol

Pessoas caminhando em uma rua de Mariupol há algumas semanas

People walking on a street in Mariupol a few weeks ago| Photo: EFE/EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Satellite images released just hours after Vladimir Putin claimed the takeover of Mariupol on Thursday (04), show apparent mass graves in an area adjacent to the city. Ukrainian authorities accuse Russia of burying up to 9,000 bodies of civilians at the site to camouflage the massacre that took place in the municipality.

According to Reuters, the company Maxar, which provides the images, stated that a review of earlier images points to graves in Manhush (about] kilometers west of Mariupol) dug in late March and expanded in recent weeks.

22081317The news agency reports that in the part of the city controlled by the Russians, there is practically no sound of weapons and some residents can be seen on the streets, carrying suitcases and household items, amid the destruction. Volunteers with masks and protective suits collect bodies among the ruins and deposit them in a truck, identified with the “Z”, symbol of the Russian invasion. )22081317According to the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, who has passed his age, the urgency is to evacuate the civilian population that remains there. “We only need one thing – the total evacuation of the population. About 100 . people remain in Mariupol”, he said.

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