September 25, 2022

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People were buried after the attack on the art school in Mariupol

IAn art school in the besieged port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine has been the target of a bomb attack, according to the city council. About 400 people, including women, children and the elderly, have taken refuge there, the Mariupol City Council Telegram news channel reported Sunday. The building collapsed in an attack on Saturday. “People are still under the rubble.” Initially, no information was reported about the victims. The city council blamed Russian troops. However, this could not be verified independently.

In Mariupol, with a population of 400,000, the theater, which seeks public protection from airstrikes, was recently attacked. The buried were rescued. For several days, however, it was unclear how many people were killed and injured in the incident.

The plight of orphans raises concerns

Meanwhile, Russian forces forcibly deported several thousand people from the besieged city last week, according to city officials. “The invaders illegally abducted people from the Livoberezhniy district and from the shelter of the sports club, where more than a thousand people, mostly women and children, were hiding from the series of bombings,” the city council said in a statement on its Telegram channel. Late on Saturday evening, RIA Novosti announced last week that nearly 300,000 people, including 60,000 children, had arrived in Russia from the Luhansk and Donbass regions and Mariupol, citing relief services.

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The Russian news agency TASS reported that 13 buses with more than 350 passengers were on their way to Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry announced this month that Russia had provided 200 buses to “evacuate” Mariupol citizens.

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