The mayor of Mariupol cannot hide his horror at what he has experienced: In an interview, Vadim Boychenko reports on the destruction of his city, the dead – and the perpetrators.
5,000 civilians were killed in the few weeks of the battle for the port city, which once had a population of 440,000. “Among the dead are 210 children,” Boychenko says blankly. And: “The Russian terrorists also bombed a children’s hospital and another hospital. 50 fellow citizens were burned alive.”
The Mayor of Mariupol also speaks again about the drama in the bombed theater: “900 people hid from the rockets there. Hundreds died when the Russian army shelled this building as well.”
The city is now almost completely destroyed. The Russian army set up checkpoints and is said to harass the Ukrainian survivors.
And the Russian army apparently also wants to cover up the true number of fatalities as quickly as possible: Via Telegram and Twitter, eXXpress received – previously unverifiable – reports of the use of mobile incinerators, with which the dead are to be cremated quickly.
The city of Mariupol on Wednesday accused Russia of burning the corpses of civilians in mobile crematoria to cover up the true extent of the war crimes, Die Zeit also reports.
With this practice, “the Russian leadership ordered to destroy any evidence of its army’s crimes in Mariupol,” the administration said on Telegram. Citing eyewitnesses, the administration said local supporters of the Russians were doing the “dirty work” in the city. They collected corpses from the streets and burned them.
New massacres were also discovered in northern Kiev: in the town of Hostomel with its strategically important airport, Ukrainian troops found eleven civilians shot dead in a garage. According to witnesses, they are said to have fallen victim to Russian snipers stationed there, who used these people as “living targets” for their target practice.