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- Apr 18, 2013
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Zelenskiy Renews Plea For Talks; Evacuation Set For Desperate Mariupol As Ukraine Vows No Surrender
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy renewed his call for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, even as he and others accused Moscow of war crimes and as deadly street fighting raged in the key southern seaport city of Mariupol.
Mariupol, Ukraine. The indiscriminate destruction of residential buildings by the Russian military.
The Russian military has bombed an art school where about 400 people had taken refuge in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, local authorities said. The officials reported on the Telegram messaging service on March 20 that the school’s building was destroyed and that people may be buried under the rubble. There was no immediate word on casualties. It comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the siege of Mariupol will go down in history for what he said are the war crimes committed there by Russian troops. “To do this to a peaceful city -- what the occupiers did -- is a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come,” Zelenskiy said in a video address to the nation early on March 20. Russian air strikes on March 16 flattened a theater in Mariupol where civilians were sheltering. City authorities said 130 people were rescued but many more could remain under the debris. Rescue workers are still searching for survivors. Russian forces bombed a maternity hospital in Mariupol earlier in the war.
In Mariupol, “children and the elderly are dying. The city is destroyed and it is wiped off the face of the Earth,” Mariupol police officer Michail Vershnin said in a video addressed to Western leaders and authenticated by the Associated Press. Local authorities said that some 400,000 people have been trapped in Mariupol for more than two weeks, sheltering from heavy bombardment that has severed central supplies of electricity, heating, and water. Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said in televised remarks on March 19 that Ukrainian and Russian forces were battling at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant. “One of the largest metallurgical plants in Europe is actually being destroyed,” he said. The United Nations has said that at least 847 civilians have been killed and 1,399 wounded in Ukraine since the war began, though it said the actual toll is likely much higher. The World Health Organization said it has verified 43 attacks on hospitals and health facilities in Ukraine.
Putin's War Crime Brigades keep killing civilians all across Ukraine. Civilians are also being kidnapped in Mariupol.