Russia bombs Mariupol School sheltering 400

Ukrainian authorities have said that Russian forces dropped bombs on a Mariupol School that was sheltering 400 people on Sunday March 20th. This following their accusations that Russia was deporting to residents to Russia.

Mariupol has been one of the main targets of Moscow’s attacks, Russian bombs raining down on the eastern Ukrainian port for days. The onslaught has seen the city in a near total communication blackout.

The city council has however managed to get a message out via Telegram, saying: “Yesterday, the Russian occupiers dropped bombs on an art school No 12,” adding that the school was sheltering around 400 woman, children and elderly people.

According to the council the building has been reduced to rubble saying: “Peaceful civilians are still under the rubble.”

City authorities also claimed that some residents of Mariupol were being forcibly taken to Russia and stripped of their Ukrainian passports.

“People who are being forcibly taken to Russia are being stripped of their Ukrainian passports and given a piece of paper that carries no legal weight and is not recognised by the entire civilized world.”

Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk regional administration, said that Russian forces had already deported more than a thousand residents of Mariupol.

“The occupiers are sending the residents of Mariupol to filtration camps, checking their phones and seizing (their) Ukrainian documents,” adding that the international community needs to interveneurgently.

Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol’s mayor, said that the residents of the besieged city were taken to the Russian cities of Tomsk, Vladimir and Yaroslavl.

Russia’s indiscriminate dropping of bombs, this time on a Mariupol School Sheltering 400 residents, is not only illegal but barbaric and one wonders just when and if the international community will call time on Putin and the invasion.

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