The government of the Mariupol has claimed that over 300 people have died in a Russian airstrike on March 16 on a theatre being used as a bomb shelter.
The reports mentioned eyewitnesses for the toll of around 300. It was not immediately clear whether emergency workers had finished excavating the site or how the eyewitnesses arrived at the horrific death toll.
Soon after the airstrike was reported, Ludmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliament’s human rights commissioner, said more than 1,300 people had been sheltering in the building.
As Russia is continuously invading the cities of Ukraine, almost everyone who can is, trying to flee the nation, and those left behind face huge food shortages in a nation, which was once known as the breadbasket for the world.
In the shelled city of Kharkiv, mostly elderly women came to collect food and other urgent supplies. In the capital city of Kyiv, ashes of the dead are piling up at the main crematorium as so many relatives have left, leaving urns unclaimed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and the European Union have made an announcement to squeeze Russia further: a new partnership to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian energy and slowly squeeze off the Kremlin’s billions of dollars from fossil fuels sales.