Mass graves have been found in the besieged city of Mariupol and Russian forces are sending “dead bodies from Mariupol to a nearby village” in “trucks.”
Mariupol’s Mayor, Vadym Boichenko confirmed on Thursday that “trenches” have been discovered in the village of Manhush, in the Donetsk region.
Read more on Russia-Ukraine war:
Intercepted call hears a mum tell her son ‘no, you aren’t killing civilians and children’ you are ‘killing f***ing fascists’
The ‘world must react’ amid harrowing evidence of underground ‘torture chambers’ with Russian’s shouting ‘all Ukrainians must die’
Teenage girl found dead after being raped and the ICC has declared Bucha as ‘crime scene’ as hundreds are executed
The city’s Mayor said Russian forces had been collecting the bodies in trucks and dumping them there as the Russian soldiers are “mopping up their crimes.”
He added, “This is the second week in a row it’s totally closed.
“No one is allowed to enter. They are mopping up the place.
“They are hiding the crimes committed by the Russian Federation in Mariupol.
“According to our assessments, more than 20,000 civilians have been killed by enemy artillery and missile strikes in the streets of our city.
“We also have evidence from municipal services in the city. They’ve seen those bodies in person and now we see those bodies disappearing.
“These are war crimes and they are hiding these war crimes.”
Boichenko said that sadly there has been many incidents where innocent civilians had been “tortured and mistreated.”