Russian forces bombed an art school sheltering 400 people in the besieged port of Mariupol on March 20, Ukrainian officials said.
“Yesterday, the Russian occupiers dropped bombs on an art school No 12,” the Mariupol city council said on messaging app Telegram.
The city council added that the building had been destroyed and civilians were still under the rubble.
Petro Andrushenko, an advisor to Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko, said that authorities were struggling to determine exactly how many people survived the bombing.
“I expect we will have it later today. But the situation is difficult and there is nowhere to get the data from,” Andrushenko said on Telegram.
The bombing came as Russia claimed that it had fired a long-range hypersonic missile against Ukraine for the second time.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said that the Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile destroyed a Ukrainian fuel storage site in Kostiantynivka near the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russian aggression on Mariupol would go down as a war crime.
“To do such a thing to a peaceful city, what the occupiers have done, this is a terror that will be remembered even in the next century,” Zelensky said in a video message.
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