Ukrainians are being forced to excavate mass graves

Ukrainians are being forced to excavate mass graves

Ukrainians are being forced to excavate mass graves
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According to the mayor, a mass grave comprising thousands of dead, excavated by Ukrainians in return for food and water, has been discovered near the besieged city of Mariupol. The massive tunnel, which spans over 600 feet, can be seen in satellite photographs, according to Mayor Vadym Boychenko on Tuesday.

“We know about these mass graves because these [Russian] fascists – and there are no other words for it – include the local populace for burial,” Boychenko told Radio Svoboda. “They told us, ‘you have to labor hours [for] food and water. People are coerced into doing so.

The apparent mass grave is located in the Old Crimean Cemetery on the outskirts of Mariupol, approximately south of the village of Staryi Krym. Possible mass graves have also been discovered in satellite images of the Mariupol suburbs Mangush and Vynohradne, both of which are strikingly similar to the burial sites discovered outside Kyiv earlier this month.

On Tuesday, Russian forces continued to bomb the Azovstal steel mill in the vicinity, where roughly 2,000 of the city’s last surviving defenders and 1,000 civilians had sought refuge.

“Russia has significantly increased its strikes in the last 24 hours and is employing large bunker bombs,” claimed Petro Andryushchenko, a Boychenko aide. “Once the rubble is cleared, the number of people injured will be clear.”

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During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin consented “in principle” to the United Nations and Red Cross participating in the evacuation of residents from Azovstal.

The Russian leader further alleged that the Ukrainian military was imprisoning residents at the facility against their will and using them as human shields.

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