The mayor of the besieged city of Mariupol has accused Russia of burning corpses in mobile crematoriums to cover up the aftermath of war crimes. This was reported by local authorities on Wednesday via the Telegram messaging service. Meanwhile, Russian troops occupied a significant part of the city.
“This is a new Auschwitz and Maidanek,” said Mayor Vadim Boychenko, referring to German concentration camps in Poland from World War II. The world must punish the “inhuman Bhutians”. Domestic supporters of the Russians should do the “dirty work”.
Messages from Mariupol have not been independently verified for weeks.
The city council, who fled last week, put the number of civilians killed in the fighting at 5,000. Today there could be tens of thousands as the devastation continues. Before the Russian invasion, 440 thousand people lived in Mariupol, and today their number is estimated at 100 thousand.
The Ukrainian authorities and media had earlier reported that the Russians were using mobile crematoriums to cremate the bodies of their soldiers. For example, they want to hide the number of Russian dead. This information cannot be verified either.
Meanwhile, photos of those incinerators are circulating on social media. They won’t be back for the last few weeks, but they are several years old.