Russian forces remove corpses in ‘humanitarian’ trucks, claims Mariupol advisor

Russia has been accused of loading "humanitarian" cargo trucks with dead bodies, it has been extraordinarily claimed came by an advisor to the mayor of besieged Mariupol mayor Petro Andrysuschenko.

According to the unnamed advisor's sources, Russian troops were spotted loading “thousands” of bodies into trucks used for humanitarian aid, and taken back to Russia.

A satellite photography showing one of the alleged trucks was also released.

The advisor said: “This is not an isolated case, but a real mass character and a honed mechanism.

“In the case of a large concentration in one building, trucks are driven directly to the house.”

Russia has failed to give accurate numbers of its war dead, and has even gone to great lengths to not recover bodies – but this alleged claim may at least give hope to Russian people looking to be reunited with their now-dead loved ones.

However, the reports do not confirm if the corpses are civilian or military.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian fighters are putting up a hellish last stand in tunnels under an abandoned steel plant in Mariupol as Russian forces close in on the besieged port city.

Experts say the fall of Mariupol is inevitable but holdouts in their underground bases hope to make conquering the Sea of Azov port as hard as possible for the attackers.

This comes as Russia’s defence ministry said recently that more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered in the city.

A statement from the ministry read: “In the city of Mariupol… 1,026 Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th marine brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered.”

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Among the troops were 162 officers, with 47 being women, the ministry added.

According to the aide of Mariupol’s mayor, Petro Andryushchenko, Russia may be planning a “Victory Day parade” in the devastated Ukrainian port city.

Among the troops were 162 officers, with 47 being women, the ministry added.

According to another aide of Mariupol’s mayor, Russia may be planning a “Victory Day parade” in the devastated Ukrainian port city on Sunday – which is a key date for Russia as it celebrates when they claim they beat the Nazis in World War Two.

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