Ukraine says mass graves in Mariupol were 20 times bigger than Bucha burial site
Mariupol officials say satellite images captured by Maxar show mass graves 20 times bigger than a cemetery discovered in the city of Bucha this month. In a statement on Telegram, officials said the site in the village of Mangush could hold 3,000 to 9,000 — and that 70 bodies were found so far, according to NBC translation.
Meanwhile, the United States said it will send a new $800 million weapons package to Ukraine and $500 million in direct financial support as Ukrainians try to fend off renewed Russian attacks on the eastern and southern parts of the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military to ditch its plan to storm the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol, where several thousand Ukrainian troops as well as civilians are encamped, opting instead to continue to seal off the facility via blockade.
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Ukrainian officials say up to 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave near Mariupol
As many as 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave in a village outside the city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said in a statement on Telegram.
Satellite images captured by the U.S. defense contractor Maxar show mass graves 20 times bigger than a cemetery discovered this month in the city of Bucha, the Mariupol City Council said, according to NBC translation. The site in the village of Mangush could hold 3,000 to 9,000 — and 70 bodies have been found so far, the city council.
Maxar said the graves appeared toward the end of March and expanded in April.
CNBC and NBC were not able to independently confirm the report.
“And now Putin is destroying Ukrainians. He has already killed tens of thousands of civilians in Mariupol. And this requires a strong reaction from the entire civilized world. Anything needs to stop the genocide,” said the mayor.
The embattled city of Mariupol has been hit especially hard as victory there will be a prized target for Russia. The capture of the southern port city will give Moscow control over much of Ukraine’s southern coast and provide a land corridor to Crimea, which the Kremlin annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
A grave with a wreath and a Ukrainian flag in Chernihiv, Ukraine on April 16, 2022. As many as 9,000 people may be buried in a mass grave in a village outside the city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said, NBC News reported.
— Amanda Macias