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Russian forces have butchered thousands of civilians? UN

“Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed by Russian forces in Mariupol since the war began but the “true scale” of atrocities has yet to be fully uncovered, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner warned Thursday.

“I am shocked at the scale of the destruction, and the numerous violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that have reportedly been committed in the city,” High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in reference to the southern Ukrainian port city during a special session. 

“We estimate the civilian death toll in Mariupol to lie in the thousands, while only with time will the true scale of atrocities, casualties and damage become clear,” she added. 

FILE PHOTO: A view shows graves of civilians killed during Ukraine- conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 19, 2022.  (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo)


Mariupol’s mayor alleged in mid-April that

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