The adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, under the control of Russian troops after the departure of the last defenders of the Azovstal steelworks, reported on Tuesday the discovery of almost 200 bodies in a state of decomposition under the rubble in one of the city’s basements. port.

“During the clearance of a multi-storey building near the suburban station, about 200 bodies were found in the basement under the rubble with a high degree of decomposition,” Petro Andryushchenko wrote in a message on Telegram, collected by the Unian agency. . He added that “due to the local population’s refusal to collect and embalm the bodies of the dead, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry left the site.”

In this way, the bodies remain in place and, due to the partially removed rubble, “the stench is felt in almost the entire neighborhood,” he said. It has also pointed out that the transfer for reburial of the bodies previously buried in the courtyards of the buildings has been practically stopped due to the rules for burial and exhumation introduced by the Donetsk “state corporation” within the framework of the ” called ‘ritual'”.

Thus, “for a free ‘official’ reburial, you have to stand in line, take the body of the deceased to the ‘morgue’ on your own, declare that the body has just been found or agree to record a video in which the applicant says who was killed by the Ukrainian army,” he explained. “Due to such conditions, a large number of corpses were packed in a makeshift morgue” on the street, she adds, alluding to the photos that accompany his message.

He added that “the city has become a great cemetery.” Andryushchenko called on Monday to evacuate residents due to the risk of an epidemic due to rain, decomposing bodies and lack of drinking water and warned that “the consequences of turning Mariupol into a ghetto will be catastrophic.” “Storm drains and clogged sewers cause rainwater, along with debris, the effects of putrefaction, and the poison from decomposing corpses, to spread throughout the city,” he said.

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