Wednesday, September 28

The mayor of Mariúpol denounces that Russia uses mobile crematoria to “cover the traces of its crimes”

the troops of Russia have intensified the siege against Mariupol -a city in southeastern Ukraine with access to the Sea of ​​Azov- and are preparing for the final offensive after several weeks with the town under siege. The mayor of the city, Vadym Boychenkodenounced this Wednesday that the Russian Army “is trying to cover their tracks” and has started operating with mobile crematoria to make disappear the “traces of their crimes“. Meanwhile, more than 150,000 civilians remain in a borderline situationwithout basic services such as water or heating and without the possibility of leaving the city safely through humanitarian corridors.

When they’re almost done six weeks of war Since Russia began the invasion of Ukraine, the Moscow Army announced the “final offensive” in Mariupol on Tuesday, after the deadline for Ukrainian forces to lay down their arms and leave the city for territory controlled by kyiv. It is a fundamental city for the Russians, because it would serve to establish a land runner between the self-proclaimed pro-Russian independent republics of Donetsk and Lugansk -in the Donbas region- with the annexed crimea.

“The attempts to storm Mariupol do not stop. The defenders of the city maintained a heroic defense for more than forty days, holding back the overwhelming forces of the Russian invaders,” said the Ukrainian High Command.

“Mobile Crematoria”

In this situation, the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenkohas denounced that Russian troops have begun to operate with mobile crematoria to make disappear the “traces of their crimes“. The first mayor has indicated – in a message on Telegram – that “after the widespread genocide committed (in the city of) Bucha, the main leaders of Russia have ordered the destruction of any evidence of the crimes committed by his Army in Mariupol”.

“A week ago, some cautious estimates put the number of dead on 5,000. But given the size of the city, the catastrophic destruction, the length of the blockade, and the fierce resistance, tens of thousands of civilians of Mariupol could have been victims of the Russian occupiers,” he asserted. So far, there is no balance precise of victims in Mariúpol, since the UN -which carries out an independent count- admits that data is missing from areas that, like Mariúpol, remain inaccessible to this day.

In Mariupol, a city on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov that once had half a million inhabitants, there are barely a few 160,000 people which, according to the kyiv government, are on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe, because they do not have water, electricity, medicine or other basic services due to the attacks and the siege that they have been subjected to for weeks by Russian troops. In this regard, the British Ministry of Defense has indicated that the russians they would be preventing help access“probably” to look for the Ukrainian forces to “surrender”.

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The mayor of the city believes that Russia is in “no hurry” to authorize any humanitarian operation who manages to completely evacuate the city and is taking care of silence the witnesses of the atrocities that are being committed. Boichenko has lamented the delays in the evacuationsdespite the theoretical agreements between kyiv and Moscow, and pointed out that some citizens had directly chosen to leave in private vehicles for Berdyansk, a town controlled by Russian troops, through a “very difficult and intermittent” route.

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This Wednesday, Ukraine has opened eleven humanitarian corridors to evacuate trapped civilians, although the deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchukhas specified that those who try to flee from Mariúpol must use their own vehicles. So far, attempts to bring buses into the besieged city to evacuate civilians have failed.

Likewise, Boichenko has accused the Russians of “recruiting local terrorists” and members of special brigades to support them in these tasks. “The world has not seen a tragedy of the magnitude of which Mariúpol lives from the nazi concentration camps“Boychenko reiterated. The “racists turned our entire city into a extermination camp. Unfortunately, the creepy analogy is gaining more and more confirmation. This is no longer Chechnya or Aleppo (Syria). This is the new Auschwitz”, he has settled.

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