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Sharp increase in burials in Russian-held areas of Ukraine, NGO says

Dead bodies are placed into a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022, as people cannot bury their dead because of heavy shelling by Russian forces. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
Dead bodies are placed into a mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022, as people cannot bury their dead because of heavy shelling by Russian forces. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Satellite photos and on-the-ground images reveal a sharp increase in burials in Russian-held areas of Ukraine, according to a new report.

The non-government Centre for Information Resilience analyzed images of burials in six areas — two of them previously held by Russian forces and the rest still under Moscow’s control in southern Ukraine.

“Makeshift burials and the growing number of graves around Ukraine, particularly in and around occupied areas, is a stark illustration of the civilian death toll following the Russian invasion,” says Benjamin Strick, director of investigations at CIR.

 

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