The head of the UN human rights watchdog in Ukraine says his observers have learned more about mass graves in Mariupol; Including the grave where about 200 bodies are buried. The group, led by the international body, is also investigating the disappearance of journalists and officials in Ukraine.
“We have received a lot of information and evidence about these graves, some of which have been obtained through satellite imagery, and fact-finding shows that the number of victims in Mariupol, which was under heavy bombardment, is much higher,” said Matilda Bogner, Reuters reported.
Bogner added: “The extent of civilian casualties and the extent of damage raises serious concerns and suggests strongly there have been violations of international humanitarian law and in particular of indiscriminate attacks.”
Reuters reported, The U.N. rights office, which has some 50 staff in the country, has so far counted 1,081 civilian deaths since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.
According to Reuters, Bogner’s team is probing alleged human rights violations, such as reports that Russian forces had shot and killed civilians in their cars as they were fleeing; dozens of cases of disappearances of Ukrainian officials and journalists; and the forced movement of civilians into Russian-held territory.