As reported by Censor.NET, volunteers of InformNapalm attempted a little investigation based on data from both public sources and private satellite images, to which access has been obtained on condition of anonymity of sources. Combined data reveal more on the subject of "the realm of the dead of Novorossia."
However, it is impossible to assess the full scale of burials from these photos and video only. Therefore, we resort to maps. It's when the fun begins. The very size of the cemetery will not tell us much. It is necessary to analyze changes over time. For this purpose we are using the tools of Google Earth, namely, the "Show changes over time."
The first pictures available are dated 2002. From 2002 until 2012 the area was a farmland, and the first available satellite snapshot made on April 17, 2012 shows existing burials.
This is the purpose this land is used for in the coming years. According to satellite imagery of the cemetery, the area of burials increased from 0 to 4,337 square meters in about two years.
In May 2014 active hostilities began around the city of Donetsk. We will consider this the 2nd phase of burials. It will be distinguished from and compared with the 1st phase.
According to satellite imagery for the period of April 2014 - April 2015, the burial area increased by 7,100 square meters, i.e. by 164%! The date of April 2015 is approximate; there is no way to establish a more precise date. Nevertheless, it is enough to evaluate trends.
According to sanitary standards, one burial site should be at least 5 square meters.
So, one may have a reasonable question - perhaps, we are talking about different causes of death, including civilian casualties.
Yes, indeed, it is logical and very likely that part of the graves belong to the civilian victims of the conflict.
But this is the place that had been repeatedly referred to by journalists, bloggers and militants themselves as the burial place of their comrades. The very name of "Walk of Fame" indirectly indicates that it is not just a place of burial but a place of burial of fallen in combat. This burial site can be considered the main cemetery for militants near the city of Donetsk.
Now, let's turn to calculations.
The total estimated number of graves in the 2nd phase is 1,420 people.
Even if we assume that 20% of them are civilians (although it is very bold assumption based on the dynamics of growth of the graveyard), the number of fighters will be 1,136.
Recent satellite images of the area have also confirmed our assumptions, pointing to the full scale of the burials.
It should be noted that more than 1,136 dead are only rough estimates for the period in question, and on one particular cemetery. It is unknown how many these cemeteries and mass graves are, but if you take this figure as an example and assume that the number of such cemeteries is at least five to seven for all "DPR", the number of fighters killed in the war, with a lot of them being Russian citizens, jumps to seven or eight thousand people. Thousands of lives lost just in the area of one city, and that does not include the Luhansk region. Tens of thousands physically and mentally crippled people - this is the price of imperial invasion and undeclared covert war. Price is only paid by one party of the conflict, party that is proud of "Russian Spring" and of "CrimeaIsOurs."