Local authorities facilitated war crimes of “Azov” in Mariupol – Daria Morozova

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DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova had a work trip to the liberated settlements of Volodarskoye (Nikolskoye) and Mangush in the south of the Republic. Today, refugees from Mariupol are arriving en masse in these villages. The flow of evacuees is increasing every day in the course of the liberation of cities. Only to Nikolskoye, about 3,000 people arrived daily, and in Mangush, the number of arriving citizens has already exceeded 21,000.  

Monitoring the observance of the rights of refugees today is a priority task of the republican human rights institution. Both the current social and humanitarian situation and the events of recent weeks in Mariupol are under the control of the Ombudsman. Therefore, special attention is paid to communicating with people in temporary accommodation centres and recording evidence of eyewitnesses to war crimes of the AFU.   

“Communicating with people today, we once again became convinced that the residents of the city were actually captured by the ‘Azov’ national battalion. Mariupol residents as one confirm the facts which are already known to us about the arrangement of firing points in the apartments of high-rise buildings and the firing on civilian vehicles that tried to evacuate. It also turned out that Ukrainian militants purposefully worked on groups of civilians during the passage of people to water sources or cooking in open areas. And all this with the facilitating of the local authorities, which made no attempt to evacuate people, and left the city literally in the first hours of the beginning of the liberation operation. All relevant data have been recorded and will be included in the evidence base of war crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Donbass,” said Daria Morozova.

According to the Ombudsman, people are also shocked by the number of civilian casualties. They talk about numerous spontaneous burials in courtyards and on playgrounds. It should be noted that the issues of identification and burial of those killed in Mariupol are of priority humanitarian and humane importance. In particular, in order to organize the work of search group and forensic experts, Daria Morozova today visited medical institutions in Mangush and Mariupol. In the coming days, experts will be able to begin documenting the facts of deaths and preparing the bodies for burial.