The Russian bombardment of some places in Ukraine is so intense that towns and cities are being forced to unceremoniously bury dozens of civilian victims in mass graves.
Mariupol’s Deputy Mayor, Serhiy Orlov, told the BBC by phone nowhere is this grim reality of war more apparent than in Mariupol, a key port city devastated by constant shelling, where several burial sites have been hastily dug in the past two weeks.
Mr Orlov said ocations include a retired city cemetery that has now been re-opened.
On Sunday, the city council said the civilian death toll had risen above 2,100.
The heavy Russian shelling has prevented any mass evacuation from Mariupol, despite efforts to open a safe exit route.