The Associated Press reports:
The mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol said Monday that more than 10,000 civilians have died in the Russian siege of his city, and that the death toll could surpass 20,000, with corpses that were “carpeted through the streets.”
Speaking by phone Monday to The Associated Press, Mayor Vadym Boychenko also said Russian forces brought mobile cremation equipment to Mariupol to dispose of the bodies, and he accused Russian forces of refusing to allow humanitarian convoys into the city in an attempt to conceal the carnage.
In Mariupol, about 120,000 civilians are in dire need of food, water, warmth and communications, the mayor said. Only those residents who have passed the Russian “filtration camps” are released from the city, Boychenko said.
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More than 10,000 civilians have died in the Russian siege of Mariupol, the city’s mayor tells @AP. Mayor Vadym Boychenko said bodies “carpeted” the streets of the Ukrainian port city and he fears the actual death toll could be double that figure. https://t.co/Hm5WoWYvVS
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2022