Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova says that more than 1,000 people may be under the rubble of the Mariupol Drama Theater:
“As of this time, we know that right now 130 people have been taken out, but, according to our data, there are more than 1,300 people who are in these basements, in this bomb shelter. We pray that all of them will be alive, but at the moment there is no information about them.”
The Ombudsman added that rescue work is ongoing, but there are no other details yet. As reported Ukrinform, March 16, as a result of another bombardment in Mariupol, the drama theater and the building of the Neptune pool were destroyed. In these places, hundreds of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, hid from constant shelling.
Drama theater in recent days, it has become a temporary residence for Mariupol residents who lost their homes due to the war. In the building, the central part of which collapsed, there could be hundreds of people. The Ukrainian authorities claim that the theater was fired upon by Russian aircraft, and the Russian Defense Ministry claims that the Ukrainian Azov battalion blew up the theater, reports “Present” is a Russian-language TV channel with an editorial office in Prague, created by the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty media corporation with the participation of the Voice of America.
The Russian Defense Ministry stated that no strikes were made on ground targets in Mariupol on the afternoon of March 16. Responsibility for the mining and explosion of the theater building was laid by representatives of the Russian department on “militants of the Azov battalion.”
Who is to blame for the destruction of the drama theater and the suffering of women and children trapped under the rubble will certainly become known for certain. In the meantime, Present Time talks about facts and fakes about the strike on maternity hospital in Mariupolwhich caused a resonance and fierce controversy in social networks.
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