The Russian military have deployed mobile crematoriums in Mariupol, where they burn the bodies of the dead. This was reported by the Mariupol City Council in its Telegram channel. According to eyewitnesses, dead bodies are picked up and cremated by special cleansing teams and the fighters of the self-proclaimed DNR.
The city council reports that the teams are controlled by Konstantin Ivaschenko, a former Mariupol city council deputy from the pro-Russian party Opposition Platform - For Life. Russian President Vladimir Putin is the godfather of the youngest daughter of Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the political council of OPFL. Ivashchenko was appointed by Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed DNR, as mayor of Russian-occupied Mariupol. «For many years he and his henchmen repeatedly tried to seize power, but in the end, he only managed to become the director of the Mariupol crematorium,» the City Council reports.
Mariupol mayor Vadim Boychenko compared the actions of Russian soldiers to what went on in Nazi concentration camps:
«The Russcists turned our entire city into a death camp. Unfortunately, the sinister analogy is getting more and more confirmed. This is no longer Chechnya or Aleppo. This is the new Auschwitz and Majdanek. The world must help punish Putin's murderous monsters.»
The Russian army during its offensive on Mariupol actively used artillery, multiple rocket launchers, ballistic missiles and aviation to shell residential areas. Ninety percent of the city's infrastructure has been destroyed, Boychenko said at a briefing. At the same time, 100,000 civilians remain in the city, nearly a quarter of the city's population before the beginning of the Russian invasion.
One of the bombs was dropped on the Mariupol Drama Theater, where nearly 800 civilians were hiding at the time. 300 of them died under the rubble, city authorities said. Also, a rocket attack on a maternity hospital in Mariupol killed several people and wounded dozens more.