Bombing of the Mariupol Theater | “Definitely a war crime” Russian statue Amnesty International

(Paris) The March 16 bombing of the Mariupol Theater in Ukraine, to which many civilians had fled, is “clearly a Russian war crime,” confirms a report by Amnesty International on Thursday, although the death toll was much smaller is than feared.

Posted at 8:09 p.m

“So far we have talked about an alleged war crime. Now we can unequivocally say that it was one committed by the Russian Armed Forces,” said Oksana Pokaltchouk, the director of AI in Ukraine, during an interview in Paris.

Two explosions destroyed much of the theater, caused by “something very large: two 500-kilogram bombs” in an “air strike,” she continued, adding that the nature of the damage paralyzed the NGO’s Moscow hypothesis of a Explosion inside the compound provoked by Ukrainian forces.

But at the time, the skies over Mariupol were “under Russian control” and there were “no Ukrainian planes,” Cup chuk.

Satellite images taken before and after the attack showed that there was “no Ukrainian military presence around the theater,” she said. “When there were so many military targets, [les Russes] chose a civilian,” she lamented.

Amnesty has denounced a “premeditious” attack on a website containing hundreds of innocent people with the word “child” written in large white letters in front of it, making it “clearly a war crime”.

Only good news from the report, the number of people killed would be much less than estimated when the Mariupol Municipality reported about 300 dead.

“Amnesty International believes that at least a dozen people died in the attack, and probably many more, and that many others were seriously injured,” we can read in this report, which is made up of testimonies from 50 witnesses and numerous experts was created.

“This estimate is lower than previous counts,” the NGO admits. She bases it on the fact that many refugees from the theater managed to escape from Mariupol “in the two days before the attack” and that “most of those who stayed there were in basements and other areas protected from the explosion”, she explains.

“It’s good news that fewer people have been killed. But that doesn’t change anything,” emphasizes Oksana Pokaltchouk. And to insist, regardless of the number of victims, the attack on the Mariupol Theater is “clearly a war crime.”

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