Conflicts & War

Russia bombs Mariupol theater where hundreds of people were hiding

Odesa, Ukraine, Mar 16 (EFE).- Russian troops on Wednesday bombarded a theater in Mariupol where hundreds of the Ukrainian city’s citizens had taken shelter, leaving an undetermined number of victims, Ukrainian sources said.

Between 1,000 and 1,200 people were hiding in the theater but the number of casualties was still uknown, Deputy Mayor of Mariupol, Serhiy Orlov, said.

A strong battle has broken out around the building and no one can access the area, the Ukrainian parliament added.

Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba described the attack as “another horrendous war crime in Mariupol”

“Massive Russian attack on the Drama Theater where hundreds of innocent civilians were hiding, the building is now fully ruined,” he tweeted.

“Russians could not have not known this was a civilian shelter. Save Mariupol! Stop Russian war criminals!” he added.

Mariupol, a strategic Ukrainian port city on the shores of the inland sea of Azov and located between the annexed peninsula of Crimea and the separatist east of Donbas, has been under Russian siege for days. EFE


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