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300 Feared dead in Russian strike on Mariupol theatre last week: Report

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mariupol: Nearly 300 people are feared dead in a Russian strike on a Mariupol theatre in Ukraine, news agency AFP reported. As Russia’s heavy shelling continues in Mariupol, its citizens are having to bury their loved ones in mass graves.

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On March 16, Russian troops had dropped a powerful bomb on a theatre in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. According to officials, “more than a thousand”, including children, were sheltering in the theatre.

“From eyewitnesses, information is emerging that about 300 people died in the Drama Theatre of Mariupol following strikes by a Russian aircraft,” Mariupol city hall wrote on Telegram.

Mariupol is currently completely cut off from the rest of Ukraine and is running low on resources. The city has reportedly rationed its supplies.

Mariupol city hall said Friday the theatre was destroyed in a “cynical” attack and claimed that Russia knew civilians were taking refuge in the building.

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Zelensky says nearly 100,000 people are trapped without food, water or power in the besieged city and enduring fierce shelling by Russian forces.

The leader of Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya said Thursday that forces from his region had taken control of Mariupol city hall and hoisted the Russian flag.

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