Mariupol Mayor Calls Russian Siege ‘the New Auschwitz’ 

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The mayor of the besieged, destroyed Ukrainian city Mariupol said that the world has not seen the sheer scale of the tragedy in Mariupol since the Nazi concentration camps. Russia turned Mariupol into a death camp, Boichenko said, stating that Mariupol is the new Auschwitz and Majdanek.

Mayor Vadym Boichenko last week estimated that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed during Russia’s month-long encirclement and siege. The Mariupol City Council thinks this number could be more than 10,000. 

Russian troops are now collecting and burning bodies of civilians in an attempt to hide the scale of the massacre. According to Mariupol City Council, mobile crematoriums have launched after international outrage in seeing the bodies of Bucha. 

The council said that outrage in the West after seeing the horrific killings in Bucha has caused Russian forces to destroy any evidence of crimes committed in Mariupol. 

Russian military forces have destroyed more than 90 percent of the city’s infrastructure. They have bombed and shelled the entirety of the city, including bombing hospitals. One hospital bombing resulted in 50 people burning to death. Recently Russian airfares bombed a theater that was acting as an emergency shelter for civilians, despite it being clearly marked as a civilian shelter with children inside. 

Around 100,000 people are estimated to be trapped in Mariupol with extremely little access to basic necessities like food and water, and without access to other necessities like power, heating, running water. 

Russia is being accused of killing civilians in Bucha based on satellite images, as well as images from eyewitnesses. Many of the bodies had their hands tied behind their backs, meaning they were executed likely at point-blank range. Civilian killings are a war crime. Russia denies that its forces have killed civilians. 

Ukraine has accused Russia of war crimes and genocide. 

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