Mariupol on verge of ‘environmental disaster’ as mass graves poison water supply

The besieged city of Mariupol is on the verge of an grisly 'epidemic' and environmental disaster, according to a Ukrainian official.

Lyudmyla Leontiyivna Denisova, Ombudsman for Human Rights in Ukraine claims that mass burials in the city — many of which are shallow burials have been eroded by damaged water supplies.

Posting on Telegram, the Russian-born Ukrainian politician cautioned that there is a high risk that cadaveric venom bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens could leak into water systems.

It comes after Russia declared ‘victory’ in Mariupol following a three-month battle to take control of the Ukrainian city, which now lies in ruins.

Denisova also claimed that the damaged filtration systems and pumping stations for sewage were also damaged, meaning that drinking water is mixing with sewage and is no longer fit for consumption.

The post read: “For almost three months of capturing and occupying the city, residents buried relatives and neighbours killed by the racists in the courtyards near houses, close to the water supply and sewerage communications.

“Most graves are not very deep, almost on the surface. After the launch of damaged water supply systems, water spilled on the ground began to erode natural burials.

“As a result, there was a high risk of cadaveric venom, bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens that could be found in the water system, underground springs and rivers with the sea.”

The Human Rights Ombudsman also claimed that the city has turned into a ‘garbage dump’ since there has been no organised waste collection in weeks leaving rubbish piling up outside houses, as reported by 5.ua.

“Some of the garbage is flooded with water from damaged water pipes and rain, which leads to the growth of pathogenic bacteria, which then enter groundwater, rivers and the sea,” she continued.

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“Also, due to exploded missiles and air bombs, soils and groundwater in the city are also contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals. This threatens mass poisoning and an epidemic of infectious diseases for the people of Mariupol, and the consequences for the environment will be felt for years not only in Ukraine but also abroad.”

Following claims Russia has taken control of the city Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said that “discussions between Ukraine and Russia will undoubtedly take place”.

According to The Guardian, he continued “Under what format I don’t know – with intermediaries, without them, in a broader group, at the presidential level,

“But the war will be bloody, there will be fighting and [it] will only definitively end through diplomacy.

“There are things that can only be reached at the negotiating table. We want everything to return [to as it was before] but Russia does not want that.”

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