Chilling photos from u nder siege Mariupol show corpses being discarded in mass grave sites as the death toll in the city grows.
This week it was revealed more than 1,200 people have died in the port city, formerly the home of nearly half a million people, since the start of the Russian invasion.
Described by rescuers as a humanitarian crisis, authorities have ordered workers to dig 25 metre long trenches as morgues are at breaking point.
In tragic scenes they were seen making the sign of the cross as the dead- wrapped in old carpet- are pushed into the makeshift mass graves.
Forty bodies were dumped in the trench in the cemetery on Tuesday, followed by 30 more on Wednesday. They were said to be both civilians and soldiers
No family members were seen at the gravesite to say goodbye to their loved ones.
Those still left in Mariupol face desperate circumstances as the city has no heat, power or water. Food and medicine is becoming scarce as people scramble to survive.
The photos come as the city recovers from a devastating airstrike on a children’s hospital, killing at least 17 and injuring many more.
Mayor Vadym Boichenko “My heart today is full of rage.”