200 Bodies Found in Basement of Bombed Mariupol Building

The decomposing bodies of 200 people were discovered in the basement of a bombed-out apartment building in the Russian-controlled port city of Mariupol.

Workers digging through the rubble of the ruined high-rise building near a suburban gas station found the bodies, the latest in a series of grim discoveries since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Mayoral adviser Petro Andriushenko said in a statement on Telegram on May 24 that local residents had refused Russian demands to collect the bodies of the dead, so the Russian Ministry of Emergencies left the bodies amid the rubble.

“The stench can be smelled almost throughout the quarter due to partially dismantled debris,” Andriushenko said, as quoted by CNN.

“The city has turned into a continuous cemetery,” Andriushenko also said, adding that a “makeshift morgue” had been set up due to “a large number of corpses.”

Mariupol has been devastated by months of Russian bombardment, which Mayor Vadym Boychenko said killed thousands of civilians.

Last week, the last Ukrainian fighters at the southern city surrendered, giving Russia complete control.

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