As many as 300 people are feared to be dead in a Russian airstrike on a theatre where hundreds were taking shelter in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol last week, news agency AFP reported.
On March 16, Russian troops had dropped a powerful bomb on a theatre in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The city hall on Friday said the theatre was destroyed in a “cynical” attack and claimed that Russia knew civilians were taking refuge in the building. When the theatre was struck on March 16, an enormous inscription reading CHILDREN was posted outside in Russian, intended to be visible from the skies above.
Soon after the airstrike, Ludmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliament’s human rights commissioner, said that more than 1,300 people had been sheltering in the ravaged building.
It may be mentioned, Mariupol has been at the centre of some of the worst devastation of the war, which has seen Russia relentlessly besiege and pummel Ukraine’s cities.
Currently, Mariupol has been cut off from the rest of Ukraine and is running low on resources.
Ukrainian President Volomydyr Zelenskyy urged his country to keep up its military defense and not stop “even for a minute.” Zelenskyy used his nightly video address on Thursday to rally Ukrainians to “move toward peace, move forward.”