July 6, 2022

Zhelensky blasts Russian ‘terrorism’ as Mariupol art school dormitory 400 attacked

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Russia’s “terrorism” Unleashed on the city Mariupol, UkraineOn Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky predicted that this month would be “remembered for centuries to come.”

Zhelensky ‘The Associated Press reports that his comments came in a recent video report he gave to Ukrainian citizens.

This coincided with reports on Sunday that Russian forces had destroyed an art school building in Mariupol, where about 400 people are believed to have taken refuge.

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No immediate estimates have been made of possible casualties, but local officials say about 130 people have been rescued and more may be under the rubble.

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, a member of the Ukrainian Service held his post in Mariupol, Ukraine.
(Associated Press)

“Doing this to a peaceful city, the occupiers did, is a horror that will be remembered for centuries,” Zhelensky said, according to the report.

Earlier in the day, a theater used as a dormitory in Mariupol was bombed – despite reports of “children” in Russian, urging the site to be preserved.

Satellite image shows Maxar capturing the Mariupol Theater in Ukraine before and after the airstrikes on March 16, 2022. "Children" Can be found in white letters.

Satellite image shows Maxar capturing the Mariupol Theater in Ukraine before and after the airstrikes on March 16, 2022. The word “children” can be found in white letters.
(Satellite Image © 2022 Maxar Technologies)

Zelenskyy also said that Russian fighters had not stopped to retrieve the bodies of their troops who had died in some parts of Ukraine.

“Especially in war-torn areas, the bodies of Russian soldiers are piled up in our line of defense – no one is collecting these bodies,” he said.

He described the war near Sornobovka in the south, where Ukrainian forces held positions and attacked the Russians six times, “sending their people to massacre.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky speaks in an undated photo in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky speaks in an undated photo in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Press Office of the President of Ukraine via AP)

Zelenskyy also stressed the need for continued peace talks with the Russians, saying such talks were “not simple or pleasant, but necessary.”

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Speaking to French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, Zhelensky said, “Ukraine is always looking for a peaceful solution.” “Also, we are now interested in peace.”

The Russian invasion, which began on February 24, is now in its fourth week.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.