Mass graves in Ukraine: Satellite images show Mariupol Cemetery expanding as Russian war continues

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There were the victims of Russia Ukraine It came in stark relief when a new satellite image showed an expansion of a cemetery in the vital port city of Mariupol, which Russian forces now control, with the exception of the iconic Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.

A satellite photo from Maxar Technologies revealed the Starokrymske cemetery expansion on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Maxar Technologies satellite photo of Starokrymske Cemetery in Mariupol, Ukraine
(Satellite image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)

Russian mass graves continue to be excavated in Mariupol in an attempt to cover up war crimes at the Starokrymske cemetery at the western end of the city, “Foreign Policy Magazine’s Jack Detsch noted on Twitter.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday that Russian forces have killed thousands of Ukrainian civilians in Mariupol since the war began, although the “true extent” of the atrocities has yet to be revealed.

UN SAYS RUSSIAN FORCES IN MARIUPOL KILLED “THOUSANDS” OF CIVILIANS, INVESTIGATIONS ARE IN PROGRESS

“We estimate the civilian death toll in Mariupol to be in the thousands, while only over time will the true extent of the atrocities, casualties and damage become clear,” said High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet. “I am shocked by the extent of the destruction and the numerous violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that would have been committed in the city.”

The mayor of Mariupol said in mid-April that around 21,000 civilians had been killed in the port city during the invasion of Russia. But the UN was unable to validate these figures.

Smoke rises above the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, Ukraine in this freeze frame taken from a recent drone video posted on social media.

Smoke rises above the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, Ukraine in this freeze frame taken from a recent drone video posted on social media.
(MARIUPOL MUNICIPAL COUNCIL / via REUTERS)

The UN reported Thursday that there were 7,326 civilian casualties with 3,541 dead and 3,785 injured across Ukraine.

But the highest intergovernmental body has repeatedly warned that these figures are likely to be significantly higher.

Bachelet said the “vast majority” of the civil cases were caused by Russia’s persistent use of explosive weapons such as heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems, missiles and air strikes.

UKRAINIAN FIGHTER AT MARIUPOL STEEL PLANT ASKS ELON MUSK FOR HELP

Russian forces have taken the whole of Mariupol, except the Azovstal plant, where some 1,000 Ukrainian fighters remain rebels holed up in the tunnels under the plant.

In this photo taken from a video published on Wednesday 4 May 2022 by the press service of the Ministry of the Interior of the Donetsk People's Republic, the smoke rises from the Azovstal metallurgical combination in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, Ukraine Oriental.

In this photo taken from a video published on Wednesday 4 May 2022 by the press service of the Ministry of the Interior of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the smoke rises from the Azovstal metallurgical combination in Mariupol, in the territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukraine Oriental.
(Press service of the Ministry of the Interior of the Donetsk People’s Republic via AP)

Ukrainian and Russian officials said the last remaining women, children and elderly were evacuated from the plane earlier in the week, but confusion remained as to whether all civilians had been evacuated after two Ukrainian officials estimated Tuesday that some remained.

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US President Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and others accused Russia of committing war crimes after Ukrainians and other visitors bodies discovered in mass graves in Bucha, a city on the outskirts of Kiev, following Russia’s withdrawal from the Ukrainian capital.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.