Russian investigative journalists reported a third mass grave site located near Mariupol, Ukraine, in late April 2022, after several other such locations had previously been spotted using satellite imagery.
Satellite images were shared to Twitter by the Russian news site Radio Svoboda, which is described by the U.S. news organization Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as a “multiplatform alternative to Russian state-controlled media” operating out of a Moscow bureau. They showed large trenches that have reportedly grown and been filled in over the last month since their initial sighting a month ago.
The above images were said to have been captured on April 24 by Planet Labs PBC., an American Earth imaging company based in San Francisco. Snopes contacted the company to confirm the details of the Radio Svoboda report, and was told that the images were authentic. A spokesperson told Snopes that the coordinates of the cemetery in the article are 47.13836° N, 37.48437° E.
According to the Radio Svoboda investigation, the trenches measured over 200 feet long, and are located near a cemetery in the Russian-occupied village of Stary Krym, about 3 miles from Mariupol. The publication reported that Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said that authorities “were aware” of the trenches, and that the Russian military was burying dead Ukrainian civilians in the cemetery.
"We know about these mass graves, because these fascists -- and I have no other words -- involve the local population for burial, for food. They told us that you need to work 'hours' to give you food, water… Now in Mariupol there is not enough humanities that they import, so people are forced to do so,” Boychenko reportedly said.
It appeared that the images were initially captured on March 24, and, in the month since, have noticeably increased.