Amidst more bodies being found in Mariupol and tons more being buried in mass graves, Russia risks having a massive Cholera outbreak as Mariupol continues to have deteriorating sanitation standards and dead bodies potentially contaminating the water supply.
Mariupol had been the subject of international attention throughout the Russo-Ukrainian war, with it being one of the most bombed-out cities in Ukraine. The entire city is virtually destroyed, with the Russians continuously shelling it since the start of the war on February 24th.
Around mid-May, the last fortified stronghold of the Ukrainian forces defending Mariupol at the Azovstal Iron and Steelworks Plant had been ordered to stand down despite the Ukrainian forces wanting to continue fighting. This is because the Russians had completely encircled the plant, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wanted the soldiers to come back home alive. These soldiers, namely those from the Azov Regiment and the 36th Marine Brigade, are widely seen as heroes and symbols of Ukrainian willpower in its stalwart defense against the Russian forces.
Since then, it was reported that these Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to Russian forces, signaling the Russian occupation of the city. These soldiers were reportedly transported to Russian-controlled cities, where they faced Russian trials for war crimes.