War in Ukraine: currently one serious injury, but no deaths in Mariupol theater
Eva Deschamps / March 19, 2022
The shelling on Wednesday of a theater in Mariupol by Russian troops, according to Kiev, resulted in at least one serious injury, but no deaths, the city council said Friday in its first assessment of this drama.
At the time of the attack, up to a thousand people, mainly women, children and elderly were hiding in this building, according to the same source.
The Ukrainian authorities had accused Wednesday the Russian air force of having knowingly bombed this theater of Marioupol where hundreds of inhabitants were refugees, what Russia denied.
In a photo of the theater taken on Monday and published Wednesday by the U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar, is clearly visible from the sky the word children written on the ground in Russian in huge white letters in front and behind the theater.
The Mariupol City Hall reported on Thursday that the situation was critical in the city with uninterrupted Russian shelling and colossal destruction. According to initial estimates, about 80% of the city's housing stock has been destroyed.
The Russian army announced on Friday that it was now fighting in the city center of this besieged strategic port.