New satellite images show mass graves in the besieged city of Mariupol which contains thousands of dead innocent civilians.
Satellite imaging firm Maxar Technologies has released grim images which shows more than 200 mass graves at an existing cemetery in the town of Manhush.
Local officials have accused occupying Russians of burying around 9,000 civilians to hide their war crimes in Mariupol.
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Maxar said in a statement the mass graves were dug in late March which had recently expanded as more civilians have been killed.
Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused the Russians of “hiding their military crimes” by taking the bodies of civilians by the “truck load” from the city and burying them in Manhush which is around 20km from the besieged city.
The Mayor compared Russian actions to that of “the new Babi Yar,” in reference to the site of multiple Nazi massacres where almost 34,000 Ukrainian Jews were slaughtered in 1941.
“The bodies of the dead were being brought by the truckload and actually simply being dumped in mounds,” an aide to Boychenko, Piotr Andryushchenko, said on Telegram.
Yuriy and Polina Lulac, who spent almost two months living in a basement with at least a dozen other people in the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is a way station for people fleeing Mariupol.
Yuriy Lulac said there was no running water and little food.
“What was happening there was so horrible that you can’t describe it,” the native Russian speaker said, he added that Russian soldiers are “killing people for nothing.”
“Mariupol is gone. In the courtyards there are just graves and crosses,” Lulac said.