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Russia News from the war in Ukraine: Under heavy shelling, the Ukrainian city of Mariupol uses mass graves

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — As bodies pile up in Russia’s nine-day siege of Mariupol, the port city of 430,000 people in southeastern Ukraine, local authorities rush to bury the dead in a mass grave.

City workers made quick signs of the cross gestures as they pushed bodies wrapped in rugs or bags into a deep ditch about 25 meters long on the outskirts of the city.

More than 70 bodies have been buried in the mass grave since it opened on Tuesday.

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About half of those buried were killed in the city’s intense shelling, an AP journalist who visited the cemetery estimated. Others died of natural causes at home, but authorities were unable to arrange for the bodies to be collected or buried.

Mariupol has suffered at least 8 major airstrikes in the past 48 hours, including a children’s hospital and the central fire department.

City residents are staying in temporary shelters as much as possible as temperatures plummet to minus 9 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit).

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