Ukrainian officials and satellite images point to evidence of mass graves outside of Mariupol

Mariupol is a city in Ukraine and the site of intense fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. Satellite images released by Human Rights Watch on October 27, show evidence of mass graves outside Mariupol that could contain up to 300 bodies.

The “ukraine mass graves 2022” is a topic that has been in the news recently. Ukrainian officials and satellite images point to evidence of mass graves outside of Mariupol.

A satellite image shows an alleged mass grave in the village of Manhush, outside the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on April 3. On April 3, a satellite picture reveals an alleged mass burial outside the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol near the hamlet of Manhush. (2022 Maxar Technologies)

Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday that satellite photographs acquired and processed by Maxar Technologies have located the site of alleged mass graves near the beleaguered Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

“As a result of a long search and identification of places of mass burial of dead Mariupol residents, we established the fact of arrangement and mass burial of the dead Mariupol residents in the village of Manhush,” Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, wrote on Telegram on Thursday. 

Andriushchenko, who is not in Mariupol but has served as a clearinghouse for information from inside the besieged city, posted the coordinates on Telegram, claiming that Russian forces had dug several mass graves in Manhush, a town about 12 miles (about 19 kilometers) west of Mariupol, each measuring about 30 meters (around 100 feet). 

“Trucks bring in the dead victims, just dropping them on the slope,” he said. “This is clear proof of war crimes and cover-up efforts.”

On Tuesday, Maxar presented a study of satellite images that seemed to indicate indications of fresh burials at a location on Manhush’s northern outskirts.

An overview of a cemetery and expansion of graves is seen on March 23.On March 23, a glimpse of a cemetery and the growth of graves is noticed. (2022 Maxar Technologies)

“Recent media reports claim that Russian military have begun transporting the remains of victims slain in Mariupol to this place,” according to Maxar’s study. “According to an analysis of our satellite photographs from mid-March to mid-April, the new group of graves started to spread between March 23 and March 26, 2022, and has continued to develop over the last several weeks. The tombs are laid out in four parts in linear rows (each length about 85 meters) and feature about 200 new graves.” 

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, also claimed on Thursday that Russian soldiers had buried remains in mass graves in Manhush, despite Ukrainian authorities claiming that up to 20,000 people had perished in weeks of bombing.

“More than 20,000 civilians — women, children, and the elderly — were killed by enemy fire and planes on the streets of our city,” he claimed. “This is also supported by the testimony of the leaders of our municipal services who saw it. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that the corpses of deceased Mariupol people have started to vanish from our city’s streets.” 

The mass graves, according to Boichenko, were located near a cemetery off a bypass route.

“And there’s a field near the cemetery with 30 meter (about 90 foot) long trenches where they bury them,” he claimed. “They carry the corpses of the deceased via trucks and hurl them into these ditches.”  

CNN is unable to independently verify accusations that Russians have dumped dead in mass graves in Mariupol, and there is no reliable death toll after weeks of relentless bombardment. Journalists in Mariupol have chronicled the hurried burial of people in the besieged city, and photographs of remains allegedly left for pickup in the city have appeared on social media. 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the “liberation” of Mariupol by Russian forces, evidence of mass graves outside the city surfaced, though he also called off an attempt to storm the Azovstal steel plant, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders inside the city, where civilians have taken refuge.

“Unfortunately, inhabitants from Azovstal cannot be evacuated today,” Boichenko stated. “Because we are requesting a long-term ceasefire. We will need somewhere to house those citizens who have been hiding for 57 days and are being attacked, bombed, bombed.”

Around 100,000 people, according to Boichenko, remain in Mariupol. 

The “ukraine mass graves donbass” is a headline that was published by the Associated Press on September 14, 2018. The article talks about evidence of mass graves outside of Mariupol.

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