On Wednesday, Russian forces viciously attacked a cinema in Mariupol, Ukraine, despite the word “children” being written outside the underground bunker to alert forces that people and minors were inside.
Mariupol has been severely damaged in over the last week, as the invading force frequently attacked the city from the ground and air, destroying civilian structures.
The Dead Lie Uncounted
According to The Washington Post, Ukrainian authorities said on Thursday “it was not known immediately how many people have been killed or wounded in the hit.”
Mariupol’s municipal council put out a statement via Telegram, a private messaging service, claiming Russia’s army “intentionally and cynically demolished the Drama Theater in Mariupol’s center.”
Mariupol, surreal devastation. pic.twitter.com/IIioSUljNn
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“Because the city’s civilian sections are constantly shelled, it is still hard to quantify the scope of this horrific and inhumane act,” the committee added.
Initially, reports suggested hundreds of innocent individuals were trapped within the structure, with many of them possibly dead, due to the vicious and inhumane attack.
As per Mariupol officials, victims were finding their way out of the underground bunker beneath the theater on Thursday morning, according to various news outlets.
“After a dreadful night of anxiety, on the afternoon of the 22nd day of the battle, finally great news from Mariupol!” said Ukrainian legislator Serhiy Taruta. “The bomb bunker is still standing.”
“People are surviving!” says the narrator. Taruta was ecstatic.
Mariupol, lying on an estuary connecting to the Azov Sea, is strategically and symbolically important to both Ukrainians, as well as Russians.
The coastal city is one of Ukraine’s biggest ports each year, and it is strategically located to prevent a Russian invasion.
This is a Key Battle Area
Taking the city would be a significant triumph for Russia, in its attempt to deter Ukrainian soldiers, while it would also be cutting off a vital port for humanitarian relief and supplies.
Urban combat in Mariupol.
A rogue Russian tank wiped out at the “1000 little things” place. pic.twitter.com/bDiAxlkfzE
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“Every town destroyed by the Ukrainian government damages the confidence of the Ukrainian side and pushes the Russian insurgents to move farther and further,” Oleksiy Melnyk, a military specialist at the Razumkov public policy institute in Kyiv, informed Radio Europe in 2015.
The theater “held plays, operas, and concerts,” according to the Washington Post, and “was a culture magnet in the heart of Mariupol.”
“The morality of every Christian requires that we make our voices heard all through the world and publicly pronounce the word ‘no,’ to announce fierce opposition to the mass slaughter of people in Ukraine,” Ukrainian Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk declared lately.
“We see mass slaughter in the besieged city of Mariupol, particularly in these last minutes,” Shevchuk remarked.
“This metropolis, known as the ‘City of Mary’ by the Greek community, has been turned into a graveyard for residents.”