Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meet in Moscow, Russia, on April 26.

Lavrov accuses NATO of waging a proxy war, and warns that the armed conflict will spread outside Ukraine 2022-04-26 10:40:37

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meet in Moscow, Russia, on April 26.

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An image taken by satellite shows the expansion of new graves at a cemetery in Vinohraden, near Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 29.
A satellite image shows the expansion of new graves at a cemetery in Vinohradny, near Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 29 (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)

A third mass grave has been found near Mariupol, the mayor of the besieged southeastern city told Ukrainian TV on Tuesday.

Vadim Boychenko said that in addition to the mass graves that were discovered in the villages of Mangosh and Vinohradny, “we now see that there is another cemetery.”

New satellite images showed a mass grave in the village of Staryi Krym, according to the city authorities’ Telegram channel.

The Crimean City Council said that the photos showed trenches dug in the territory of the ancient Crimean cemetery.

The council said they appeared on March 24 after the Russians occupied the village, and their length was between 60 and 70 meters.

By April 7, according to new photos, part of the trenches had been covered, the council said, and the burial area had grown.

She added that “new trenches were recorded on April 24. The length of the mass grave has increased to more than 200 meters.”

Boychenko accused the Russian forces of involving the local population in mass burials in exchange for food.

“that they [the locals] He told us you have to work “hours” to get food and water. Now there is not enough humanitarian aid in Mariupol so people are forced to do this.”

CNN is unable to confirm the city’s account of the mass graves. Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) released the images, from Planet Labs, for the first time on Monday.

CNN has reviewed satellite images purporting to show mass graves at Vynohradne, but it is unclear beyond the ground disturbances what may have happened there.

Last week, Ukrainian officials located the mass graves in Manush near Mariupol after publishing satellite images collected and analyzed by Maxar Technologies.

Petro Andryushenko, an advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, posted a comment about the mass grave in Manchu on Telegram on Thursday.

He wrote: “As a result of a long search and identification of the places of mass burial of the dead residents of Mariupol, we came to the fact of the arrangement and mass burial of the dead residents of Mariupol in the village of Manhush.”

Andriyushenko — who is not in Mariupol but has acted as a clearinghouse for information from within the besieged city — said Russian forces have dug several mass graves, each about 30 meters (about 100 feet) long, in Manush, a town about 12 miles (20 kilometers) to West from Mariupol.

Boychenko reiterated on Tuesday that about 20,000 residents of Mariupol have died since the beginning of the invasion.

“The situation in Mariupol remains very difficult,” he said. “Enemy artillery shells bombard our Azovstal fortress,” the steel factory where Ukrainian troops and civilians are holed up.

“There are women and children inside. A ceasefire is required to start the evacuation. Unfortunately, there is no ceasefire,” Boychenko said. “People are running out of food, there is hardly any water to drink. This is a humanitarian disaster.”

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