” There are civilian corpses on the streets, I have seen mass graves in gardens and flower beds ”. But in Mariupol today “the situation is not like that portrayed in the images of Bucha that have circulated”. Vittorio Rangeloni, who has just returned from Mariupol to Donetsk, tells this to Adnkronos, where he has lived for seven years. In Mariupol the dead are many, ” thousands ”, but ” the corpses of civilians seen on the streets are not all of people who died in the bombings. Rather, they died of a heart attack, the primary source of deaths in old age, due to the total absence of medical treatment. And they were taken out of the houses to be buried. ” According to Rangeloni there are also ” the deaths caused by unconsciousness. I may sound cynical, but I think people have let their guard down on the bombing and go a little too far to seek out food and water with little caution. I saw with my own eyes civilians on bicycles parading in front of battle-ready tanks. These attitudes lead to constant updating of the victims. ” Furthermore, he says, ” I can deny that the city of Mariupol is completely destroyed. Not so, there are neighborhoods that have only been touched by the bombings. Buildings left standing, which perhaps lack only a balcony and where the population continues to live ”. So ” it is not true that all the buildings have been hit by the war, some neighborhoods have only been grazed, hundreds of buildings have only a few balconies hit. ” In the meantime ” many, among the civilian population, continue to leave the city, seek shelter elsewhere, but what struck me is that many have decided to stay ”, declares Rangeloni, who saw ” people seeking humanitarian aid ” even if ” one of the main problems is the ‘absence of telephone signal. So when someone from outside arrives in the city, like me, they are surrounded in search of information ”.
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