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Russia staging provocation in Mariupol, plotting to accuse Ukraine of own crimes

Russia staging provocation in Mariupol, plotting to accuse Ukraine of own crimes
Russia is preparing a massive provocation in Mariupol. The invaders are set to stockpile in a single location all bodies of civilians slain throughout the siege and present them as victims of the Ukrainian military.
This was reported by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).
The Security Service notes that after the shocking Russian atrocities unearthed in Bucha, Russia will try to shift the focus both of international and domestic audiences. To this end, lies about the crimes, allegedly committed by the Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol are being actively thrown into the information space.
“According to available intelligence, the occupiers are staging a large-scale falsification: they plan to gather in one place the bodies of Mariupol residents killed by the Russians and present them as victims of mass killings by Ukrainian troops. To this end, false narratives have recently been circulating that Ukrainians are allegedly using civilians as human shields, despite this being outright nonsense. In fact, it is the Russian troops who have been exterminating Mariupol residents – in early March the city was already forced to bury their dead in mass graves,” the SBU said.
It should be recalled that satellite imagery testifies that the first bodies of civilians murdered in Bucha started to appear on the streets of the settlement as early as March 11 – that’s when the town was occupied by Russian forces. This irrefutable evidence debunks false claims spread by Russian propaganda that the scenes of atrocities had been staged by the Ukrainian side.