Moscow, 17 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) – More than 1,000 people were sheltering in the theatre in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol believed to have been the target of a Russian bombing, according to mayor Vadim Boichenko.
Boichenko posted the information on his Telegram channel early Thursday, calling the incident “another tragedy.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meanwhile said in a video message that people had sought protection from shelling in the building and it was now destroyed, but said there was no information on fatalities yet.
The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch had earlier said “hundreds of civilians” were sheltering in the theatre.
Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for the incident, with the Ukrainian side saying it was a deliberate Russian bombing, and Russia blaming the Ukrainian nationalist Azov regiment for the attack.
It was not possible to independently verify the information from either side.