The Russians are preparing to launch a pseudo-investigation into the circumstances of the attack on the Mariupol Drama Theater with the aim of blaming the Ukrainians for their own crime.
This was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to Ukrinform.
“The purpose of such a hit is to try to eliminate responsibility for the murder of several hundred civilians who were sheltering in the theater at the time of the attack. Most of them were women and children “, noted the agency.
According to the Ukrainian intelligence services, several Russian television crews are shooting staged videos that are supposed to “prove” that the explosion in the theater was triggered inside the building, and that all the destruction was caused by “the detonation of a large quantity of explosives.” Furthermore, it will be claimed that the death toll was only 14. Propagandists even interviewed so-called “witnesses” who saw how “people in uniform had brought boxes” into the building the day before.
“Meanwhile, the bombing of the Mariupol Drama Theater was and remains one of the most horrific war crimes committed by the Russian occupiers during the war they started. Russian planes dropped two 500-kilogram aerial bombs on the premises of the theater. At the time of the attack, there were up to 1,000 civilians sheltering there. The vast majority were women and children who were hiding from the Russian bombardments,” the agency pointed out. .
According to various estimates, between 300 and 700 people died in the strike. It is impossible to confirm an exact number of casualties because the Russians never allowed rescuers to approach the ruins, the intelligence service said.
As reported by Ukrinform, the large-scale invasion of Russia caused one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in Mariupol. The city was almost completely destroyed as a result of enemy bombardments.
The Mariupol Drama Theatre, which had served as a bomb shelter, was bombed by Russian aircraft on March 16, killing at least 300 civilians.
Since the Russian invasion, up to 22,000 civilians have died in the city. Currently, more than 100,000 residents remain in the blocked area. Mariupol faces a threat of environmental disaster and an outbreak of infectious diseases.