May 20, 2022

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Mayor Mariupol confirms that there are three mass graves on the outskirts of the city.

Satellite image taken on March 23 shows a tomb on the edge of Manhosh.

The mayor of the besieged southeastern city told Ukrainian television on Tuesday that a third mass grave had been found near Mariupol.

In addition to the mass graves found in the villages of Mangush and Vinohratne, “now we see that there is one more,” said Vadim Poychenko.

According to city officials’ Telegram channel, new satellite images have shown a mass grave in the city of Starry Grimm.

The city council said in a telegram that the pictures show pits dug in the area of ​​the tomb of ancient Crimea.

They appeared on March 24 after the village was occupied by the Russians, and they were 60 to 70 meters long, according to the city council.

By April 7, the council said, according to new footage, part of the trenches had been closed and the buried area had grown.

“On April 24, new trenches were recorded. The length of the mass pit increased to more than 200 meters,” he said.

Poichenko accused Russian forces of forcing local people into mass graves in exchange for food.

“They [los lugareños] We were told you have to work ‘hours’ for food and water. There is not enough humanitarian aid in Mariupol now, so people are forced to do it, “he told the Telegram.

CNN did not confirm the city’s account of the mass graves. Images from Planet Labs were first released on Monday by Radio Free Europe (RFE / RL).

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CNN has reviewed satellite images of alleged mass graves in Vynohradne, but beyond ground disturbance, it is unclear what might have happened there.

Last week, following the release of satellite images collected and analyzed by Maxar Technologies, Ukrainian authorities identified the location of mass graves in Manhush, near Mariupol.

Pedro Andriyushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, released information about the Manhush mass grave in a telegram on Thursday.

“As a result of a lengthy search and identification of mass burials of dead Mariupol residents, we established the removal and mass burial of dead Mariupol residents in the village of Manhush,” he wrote.

Andriyushchenko, who was not in Mariupol, who worked as an informant from inside the besieged city, said Russian forces had dug several mass graves, each about 30 meters long, in the village of Manhush, 20 kilometers west of Mariupol.

On Tuesday, Boichenko reiterated that about 20,000 Mariupol residents had been killed since the beginning of the invasion.

“The situation in Mariupol is very difficult,” he said. “Enemy artillery shells our Azovstal fortress”, the steel plant where Ukrainian troops and civilians took refuge.

“There are women and children inside. A ceasefire is needed to start the evacuation. Unfortunately, there is no ceasefire,” Poichenko said. “People are starving and there is no drinking water. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.”