According to local councils, the school building was demolished, and people may still be trapped beneath the wreckage. Meanwhile, Slovakia’s Minister Of defense, Jaroslav Nad, has announced that the first transnational NATO units equipped with Patriot air defense systems are coming to his country. On Sunday, Nad stated that the movements would resume in the next few days.
Under martial law, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President, signed a decree combining all national television outlets into a single platform, citing the significance of a “united communication policy.” However, since the beginning of Russia’s incursion of Ukraine on February 24, Ukrainian privately-owned media stations have continued to function.
Mariupol has suffered some of the heaviest bombardments since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The Data Revealed
According to Reuters, at minimum 902 civilians died and 1,459 wounded in Ukraine as of midnight on March 19, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR). According to the OHCHR, the majority of the fatalities were caused by cluster bombs such as bombardment from heavy weaponry and numerous different rocket launchers and missile and airstrikes. However, because OHCHR, which has a substantial monitoring team in the nation, isn’t yet able to obtain or confirm casualty reports from numerous seriously damaged cities, including Mariupol, the true toll is likely to be far higher.
Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, Mariupol authorities have confirmed that the Russian military destroyed an art school where roughly 400 people had sought refuge.
Refugees And Terror
State communities said that Russian and Ukrainian soldiers struggled for control of Mariupol on Sunday. At the same time, Party leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russia’s siege of the southern port city “a nightmare that will be remembered for a long time.”
Since Russia intervened in Ukraine on February 24, Mariupol has been subjected to some of the most intense bombardments. Many of the city’s 400,000 citizens remain stuck in the town with little to no food, water, or power. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, ten million people were displaced across Ukraine, with 3.4 million fleeing to surrounding nations such as Poland. In addition, officials in the region have stated that the region’s capacity to host refugees effectively has reached its limit.