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After a Week of Siege, Bloodied Mariupol Plans Mass Graves

By Valerie Hopkins

09 Mar 2022 · 5 min read

LVIV, Ukraine — Marina Levinchuk said she received an alarming text message from the local authorities in the besieged city of Mariupol several days ago, before she decided to flee. “If somebody dies in your family,” she said, recalling the message in her own words, “just put the body outside, cover it, tie up the hands and the legs and leave it outside.”

“That’s what’s going on in Mariupol now,” she said of the city, currently ringed by Russian forces pounding it with bombs, missiles and artillery, and hitting a maternity hospital Wednesday. “There are just bodies lying in the streets.

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