Having been over two months since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with the idea of fighting Nazism, there have been countless stories from the Ukrainian government about the horrors citizens have endured at the hands of the Russian military. Accusations of executions and war crimes have filled the nightly news as some have called the United Nations and America to get involved. Most recently, Ukrainian officials claim they have stumbled upon a mass grave made by the Russian military that may contain around 9,000 bodies. While the story has captured the media, the details, and alleged mass grave might be just another media narrative.
Since March 1st, citizens of Mariupol have been subject to constant attacks from Russian forces. As of now, there are still around 100,000 people trapped inside the city. Ukrainian officials claim that around 20,000 people have died from the ongoing assault. At the same time, 12 miles west, near the town of Manhush, officials have suggested 200 new graves have been captured by a US satellite imagery company, Maxar Technologies. But as mentioned above, the grave might not be a product of the Russian. Take a look.
In the video above, a journalist decided to travel to the site and take a look. She noted, “It is Saturday, April 23. And I’m at the site of what Western media are alleging are mass graves. Now, these are clearly new graves, and an existing cemetery is in the distance, as media have noted. This is a marking of a person that was born in 1941. Has their name, has the date of their birth, and it’s obviously a known site. Now, there are also unknown graves, and they are simply numbered. But there are many that are actually marked with date of birth, or at least with name.”
While visiting the site showed an entirely different narrative, on April 22, major outlets like CNN, NBC, The Guardian, and PBS all ran the story as if Putin and the Russians were behind the graves. It should also be noted that not only were all the articles posted within a couple of hours of each other, but they continuously rely on the information from Ukrainian officials. Here are just a few of the headlines:
- CNN: Mass graves near besieged Ukrainian city Mariupol are evidence of war crimes, say Ukrainian official
- NBC: Satellite imagery points to mass grave site near besieged Mariupol
- PBS: Satellite photos reveal suspected mass graves near Mariupol in Ukraine
- The Guardian: In Mariupol, Putin now rules a wasteland pitted with mass graves
Although there is no denying the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, it seems the narrative being presented to America and the rest of the world may, in fact, be just another agenda.
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