Workers digging into the rubble in Mariupol found more than 200 bodies, Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday, as the United Nations Estimate The civilian death toll in the country has reached nearly 4,000 – although both the organization and Ukrainian officials believe the real number is much higher – just three months after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine.
Petro Andryshchenko, an advisor to the city mayor, said workers found bodies during excavations from the basement of a collapsed apartment building in Mariupol. according to the Associated Press.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement that the newly discovered deaths came a week after Russia carried out one of the deadliest missile strikes since the start of the war in Desna, a city north of Kyiv. In which 87 people were killed. lecture On the eve of the three-month anniversary of the war.
Zelensky said the Russian military has carried out 1,474 missile strikes on Ukraine with 2,275 separate missiles since launching its offensive on February 24, with the majority of attacks on civilian targets.
He said Russia had conducted more than 3,000 airstrikes in that time.
Zelensky’s remarks came as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimated on Monday that a total of 3,930 civilians have been killed and more than 4,500 wounded in Ukraine, most of them from shelling, missiles and air strikes – Although the organization said the actual figures are “significantly higher”.