Russia said neo-Nazi “Azov” militants blew up building where they were holding hostages. But the latest MEDIA BOMB was denied by both Russia and Ukraine Parliamentarian shortly afterwards.
Azov still hold the city centre blocking more evacuations as Donbass, Russian and Chechen special forces fight them street by street.
According to Ukranian Parliamentarian Serhly Taruta “the 1000 refugees in the theatre were NOT injured”!. El Mundo
Responding to claims by Ukraine that an airstrike destroyed a
theater in Mariupol and killed civilians sheltering there, the Russian Defense Ministry said there had been no such strikes against ground targets in that city, and accused the neo-Nazi “Azov” battalion of killing its hostages.
foto from El Mundo.. Russia said they knew it is a refuge and written outside in huge letters was the word in Russian ‘CHILDREN’
The Russian military was aware of reports that “Azov” militants had kept civilians inside the theater as human shields, and did not consider the building a target for airstrikes for that reason, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
“Previously, it was known from the refugees who got out of Mariupol that the Nazis of the Azov Battalion held civilians hostage in the theater building, using the upper floors as firing points,” Konashenkov said.
Taking into account the potential danger to civilians, and “the provocation already carried out by the nationalists on March 9 with hospital No. 3 in Mariupol, the theater building in the city center was never considered a target for destruction,” he added.
According to Konashenkov, the “available reliable information” indicates that Azov militants committed “a new bloody provocation by blowing up the theater building they had mined.”
The paramilitary Ukrainian unit that uses WWII Nazi symbols had made Mariupol its base, and reportedly forbid civilians from fleeing to safety as Russian forces and fighters of the Donetsk People’s Republic surrounded the city.
Eyewitnesses say Theatre WAS blown up by Azov as they retreated
The 21st day of the military operations in Ukraine was marked by significant successes of the joint forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR and the LPR.
Fierce street fighting continues in Mariupol. During the day, DPR forces significantly advanced deep into the city. Russian and LPR forces advance in the main offensive direction aiming at splitting the defending units of the AFU into two parts.
There are some obvious signs of the collapse of the defense and the loss of the general command of the defending units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The fighting has already approached the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant. The DPR troops have advanced from the west deep into the city. The enemy seeks to slow down their advance.
It is reported that some DPR and Russian units deployed in the area suffer from a shortage of heavy weapons. For example, units from the Russian Republic of Chechnya, arrived only with light weapons and lightly armored vehicles.
It is expected that at night, new decisive attempts aimed at splitting the UAF grouping in Mariupol will be made. It is now obvious to the defending side that the deblocking of the city by the UAF grouping in Donbass is no longer possible.
Some AFU servicemen are leaving their units in Mariupol and surrender to the DPR soldiers.
Around lunchtime on March 16, it was reported that nationalists from the UAF Azov battalion were preparing a provocation in the building of the Drama Theater in Mariupol.
According to a one of the deserted members of Azov, Ukrainian militants established the headquarter in the basement of the Mariupol Drama Theater, and the theater hall was full of civilians, who were guarded by 12 Azov militants, so that they would not run away.
The building should be blown up, and horrific images with numerous civilian casualties should be provided to the Western media, accusing Russia of an airstrike.
Later, by the evening of March 16, the reports were confirmed. Reports that the Russian army had allegedly struck at the Mariupol Drama Theater was spread in Ukrainian social media. There were about 1,000 civilians inside.
The Ukrainian version was immediately picked up by the US media.
On the other hand, the information that the Azov headquarters moved from the building of the Drama Theater this afternoon was confirmed by various sources.
The version about the alleged Russian airstrike looks implausible, since heavy street battles continue near the building.
Such airstrikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are impossible without the risk of hitting their own servicemen.
A woman who evacuated with her children from Mariupol reported that neo-Nazis blew up thee Drama Theater before they retreated.
Unfortunately, eyewitnesses from the area are confirming that the building was blown up.
Refugees from Mariupol confirm that the Drama Theater was blown up by Azov fighters. A woman who evacuated with her children from Mariupol reported that neo-Nazis blew up thee Drama Theater before they retreated.
“Leaving, they smashed the Drama Theater, just leaving, simply, people were brought to us with shrapnel wounds, and that’s it,” a local resident said.
As the city passes under the DPR control, the situation will certainly become clearer.
A hysterical information campaign with calls to unblock Mariupol in order to allow nationalist units to leave the city continues.
Evacuation of civilians from Mariupol: ….