Russian military forcibly take Mariupol residents to Russian territory

The Mariupol City Council reports that some residents of the Left Bank district of Mariupol are being forcibly removed to Russia or the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

Shelled Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo: Polk_Azov / Twitter

On March 20, the Mariupol City Council reported that residents of Azovstal Street and the Ukrainian Cossacks of the Levoberezhny District are being illegally deported to Russian territory. Russians take away their Ukrainian passports and give them “a piece of paper that has no legal weight and is not recognized in the entire civilized world.”

Russian troops have maintained a blockade of Mariupol for nearly three weeks while bombing and shelling the city. Only a few thousand Mariupol residents have managed to leave through humanitarian corridors so far. The Russians are prohibiting the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the city.

On March 19, Russian troops dropped bombs on the Art School in Mariupol, where 400 people were hiding and now remain under the rubble.

Earlier, on March 16, a Russian plane dropped a bomb on a theater building in Mariupol, under which over a thousand people were hiding. The theater was destroyed, but the bomb shelter survived, and people survived.

During the blockade, more than 2 thousand people died in Mariupol. Petro Andruschenko, the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said that the number of victims could reach 20 thousand people.