Russia Ukraine War News Updates: Amid Heavy Shelling, Ukrainian City of Mariupol Uses Mass Graves


MARIUPOL, Ukraine — As bodies pile up during Russia’s nine-day siege on Mariupol, the port city of 430,000 people in southeastern Ukraine, local authorities race to bury the dead in a common grave.

City workers made quick cross-arm gestures as they pushed bodies wrapped in mats or sacks into a deep trench about 25 meters (80 feet) long on the outskirts of town.

More than 70 bodies have been buried in the mass grave since it opened on Tuesday.

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About half of those buried were killed in the intense bombardment of the city, estimated an AP journalist who visited the cemetery. Others died at home of natural causes, but authorities were unable to arrange for the bodies to be collected or buried.

Mariupol has suffered at least 8 major airstrikes in the past 48 hours, with a children’s hospital and the central fire department among those affected.

City residents are staying in shelters as much as possible as temperatures drop to minus 9 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit).

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