March 27, 2023

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A year ago, the Mariupol theater was bombed

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared a video on Twitter commemorating the Mariupol theater bombing a year ago. The strike led to carnage in the theater of the besieged city, where hundreds of people had taken refuge. About 300 people died, according to the town hall, and Amnesty International reported in June that “at least a dozen people died in the attack, and many others died,” and “many were seriously injured.” The association condemned the Russian “war crime”.

“A year ago, Russia deliberately threw a bomb into the Mariupol theater. Next to it was the inscription ‘Children’, which could not be overlooked,” the leader charged. “Hundreds of people were hiding there. We are working to take responsibility for the activities of the terror state,” he said.

The battle for this major port on the Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov, which had a pre-war population of around 400,000, remains the bloodiest in terms of civilian casualties to date. A representative of the Ukrainian government estimated that at least 22,000 civilians died in Mariupol in June. According to the United Nations, the city was 90% destroyed.

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