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130 Saved from the bombing of the Mariupol Theater, says Ukraine

Ukraine said earlier that a bomb shelter under the Drama Theater had survived the impact.

Mariupol:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that 130 people had been rescued during a Russian siege after bombing a theater in the port of Mariupol, but “hundreds” remained trapped among the rubble.

“More than 130 people have been rescued. But hundreds of Mariupol residents are still under the rubble,” Zelensky said in a Facebook video address.

He vowed to continue rescuing Mariupol in the southern city, which has suffered major devastation in the southern city.

Ukraine has accused Russia of going to the theater on Wednesday, although Moscow has denied it.

Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova had earlier said that a bomb shelter under the Drama Theater had survived the impact, and that some “adults and children” had survived.

At the time of the explosion, about 1,000 people were believed to be taking refuge underground.

A few days before the alleged attack, satellite images shared by the private company Maxar clearly showed the word “DETI” – or “children” in Russian – written on the ground on both sides of the building.

The Russian military said on Friday that it was fighting in downtown Mariupol.

Zelensky said Western arms shipments to the country were too slow.

“We are reminding them again that it will be a moral failure for some Western leaders … if Ukraine does not receive advanced weapons,” he said.

He repeatedly called on European ports to deny access to all Russian ships, and criticized some Western companies for not leaving Russia after invading Ukraine on February 24th.

“All Western companies need to leave the Russian market,” he said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)

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