Russia accused of bombing 135 hospitals and shelters housing hundreds
An art school sheltering about 400 civilians and a theater with more than 1,000 others are among the many buildings destroyed or damaged by Russia’s military in Ukraine’s embattled city of Mariupol, as some fear residents are being transported to “concentration and prisoner camps” in Russia.
Officials in Ukraine have accused Russian troops of bombing Art School No. 12 in Mariupol, an eastern city on the Sea of Azov that once was home to 400,000 people, but has been encircled by the Russian military for the past two weeks. The city council reported that about 400 people were taking shelter at the school.
The alleged bombing of the school comes just days after Russian forces were accused of bombing a theatre in the city that was said to have sheltered over 1,400 civilians.
On Friday, Ukrainian commissioner for human rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, said that as many as 130 people had been rescued from the theatre while over 1,300 were still trapped. The number of casualties has not been reported.
Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Dzheppar claimed last week that Russian forces had not allowed Ukraine’s security services to rescue people from the theatre’s rubble.