Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 10 (EFE).- At least one person was killed Thursday in a fresh Russian airstrike on Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, city authorities said.
“It’s a bad morning in Mariupol again. An airstrike on a peaceful city again. Today at 08:00, near 110 Budivelnykiv Avenue, Russian occupation troops fired at Mariupol residents from aircraft,” the city council said in a statement.
Preliminary reports indicate at least one person was killed in the attack, which follows Wednesday’s bombing of a children’s hospital in which three people — including two children — died, while 17 people were wounded.
Mariupol, a city in the southeast of Ukraine home to some 500,000 people, has suffered more than most Ukrainian towns due to constant attacks and the siege by Russian forces since they began their invasion of the country on Feb. 24.
As many as 1,300 residents of Mariupol have been killed since the beginning of the invasion two weeks ago, according to the deputy mayor of the city, Piotr Andriuschenko.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was in Turkey to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in the first high-level talks since the war began, denied claims that there were patients at the Mariupol children’s hospital that was attacked and accused “Western media” of only presenting “the Ukrainian point of view.” EFE