KYIV, Ukraine – Workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, as more horrors unfold in the ruined city, which has seen some of the worst suffering is 3 month old war,
Petro Andryashchenko, an adviser to the mayor, said the bodies were decomposing and the neighbourhood smelled of foul smell. He did not say when they were discovered, but the sheer number of victims makes it one of the deadliest known attacks of the war.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting in the eastern industrial stronghold of Donbass was reported that Moscow’s forces were intent on capturing. Russian troops captured an industrial city that hosts a thermal power station, and intensified efforts to encircle and capture Svyarodonetsk and other cities.
According to the regional governor, twelve people were killed in Russian shelling in the Donetsk region of Donbass. And the governor of the Luhansk region of Donbass said the region was facing its “toughest time” in eight years as separatist fighting broke out there.
“The Russians are moving in all directions at the same time. They brought a large number of fighters and equipment,” wrote the governor, Serhi Haidai on Telegram. “The invaders are hitting our cities, destroying everything around He added that Luhansk is becoming “like Mariupol”.
Mariupol was constantly patted during the approx. The three-month siege that ended last week After some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters left a steel plant where they had made their stand. Russian forces have already captured the rest of the city, where an estimated 100,000 people live out of a population of 450,000, many of them. being surrounded by little food, water, heat, or electricity,
At least 21,000 people died in the siege, according to Ukrainian officials, who have accused Russia of trying to cover up the horrors by bringing in mobile cremation equipment and burying the dead in mass graves.
Russian airstrikes during the attack on Mariupol maternity Hospital and a theater where civilians were taking refuge. An Associated Press investigation found that Nearly 600 people killed in theater attackdouble the figure estimated by the Ukrainian authorities.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russians of waging “total war” and trying to inflict as much death and destruction on his country as possible.
“In fact, there has not been such a war on the European continent for 77 years,” Zelensky said, referring to the end of World War II.
Moscow-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces in the Donbass for eight years and occupied large parts of the region. Svyarodonetsk and neighboring cities are the only part of the Luhansk region of the Donbass that is still under the control of the Ukrainian government.
British military officials said Russian forces had made “some local successes” despite strong Ukrainian resistance with dug-in positions.
In the Donetsk region, Moscow troops captured the industrial town of Svitlodarsk, which hosts a thermal power station and had a population of about 11,000, and raised the Russian flag there.
Serhi Goshko, the head of the local Ukrainian military administration, told Ukraine’s Vilny Radio in reference to the Russian flag: “They have now put their rags on the local administration building.” Goshko said armed units were patrolling the streets of Svitlodarsk, checking documents of residents.
According to Mayor Vadim Lyakh, Russian troops fired cluster weapons on the eastern city of Slovinsk, targeting a private building. He said casualties were avoided because many people had already left their homes, and urged remaining residents to evacuate to the west. Heavy fighting was also going on in the city of Lyman.
Amidst the fighting, two top Russian officials acknowledged that Moscow’s progress had been slower than expected, although they vowed the offensive would achieve its goals.
Nikolai Petrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia. Said that the Russian government is “not chasing the deadline.” And Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a meeting of the Russia-led Security Coalition of former Soviet states that Moscow was deliberately slowing its offensive to allow residents of besieged cities to evacuate – although forces have repeatedly civilian targets have been hit.
Russian officials also announced that Moscow’s military had finished clearing mines off the Mariupol waters and that a safe passage for 70 foreign ships to exit from Ukraine’s southern coast would open on Wednesday.
Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, showed signs of recovery after weeks of bombings. Residents formed long lines this week to collect rations of flour, pasta, sugar and other staples. Moscow’s forces withdrew from around Kharkiv earlier this month, pulling back toward the Russian border to face Ukrainian counterattacks.
Aid distribution center coordinator Galina Kolembed said more and more people are returning to the city. Kolembed said the center is providing food to more than 1,000 people daily, a number that continues to grow.
“Many of them have young children, and they spend their money on kids, so they need some assistance with food,” she said.
Meanwhile, the wife of the top commander, who lives outside the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, said on Tuesday that she had a brief telephone conversation with her husband, who surrendered to the Russians and was taken prisoner last week.
Katerina Prokopenko, who is married to Denis Prokopenko, the leader of the Azov regiment, said the call broke before she could say anything about herself.
He said the call was made possible under an agreement between Ukraine and Russia, mediated by the Red Cross.
Prokopenko and Yulia Fedosyuk, the wife of another soldier, said several families had received calls over the past two days. The women said they hoped the soldiers would not be tortured and would eventually “come back home.”
Denis Pushilin, the leader of Moscow-backed separatists in the Donetsk region, told the Russian Interfax agency that preparations were underway to test captured Ukrainian soldiers, including Mariupol defenders.
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