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Ukraine: 200 bodies found inside basement inside Mariupol's ruins

Ukraine: 200 bodies found inside basement inside Mariupol's ruins

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Workers digging into and not here of the rubble of an apartment building inside Mariupol found 200 bodies inside the basement, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday, while additional horrors go nearer to illumination inside the ruined city that has seen some of the worst suffering of the 3-month-old war.

The bodies were decomposing with every one other accompanied by the stench hung over the neighborhood, said Petro Andryushchenko, an counsellor to the mayor. He did not when they were discovered, nevertheless the sheer number of victims makes it one of the deadliest known attacks of the war.

Heavy fighting, meanwhile, continued inside the Donbas, the eastern manufacturing neighbourhood that Moscow's forces are intent on seizing. Russian troops intensified their efforts to encircle with every one other accompanied by capture Sievierodonetsk with every one other accompanied by neighboring cities.

Mariupol was relentlessly pounded throughout a almost three-month siege that ended last week following some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters deserted a steel plant where they had made their stand. Russian forces by that hour dated held the relax of the city, where an estimated 100,000 people carry on accompanied by to exist not here a prewar inhabitants of 450,000, numerous of them trapped throughout the siege accompanied by little food, water, hotness or electricity.

At least 21,000 people were killed inside the siege, according to Ukrainian authorities, who have accused Russia of trying to cover up the horrors by bringing inside mobile cremation apparatus with every one other accompanied by by burying the deceased inside pile graves.

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During the assault on Mariupol, Russian airstrikes hit a maternity medical organization with every one other accompanied by a theater where civilians were taking shelter. An Associated Press investigation found that near to 600 people died inside the theater attack, dual the figure estimated by Ukrainian authorities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the Russians of waging "total war" with every one other accompanied by seeking to inflict while a a large amount of demise with every one other accompanied by demolition while possible on his country.

"Indeed, there has not been such a war on the European mainland for 77 years," Zelensky said, referring to extremity of World War II.

Moscow-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces inside the Donbas for eight years with every one other accompanied by clasp large swaths of territory. Sievierodonetsk with every one other accompanied by neighboring cities are the only small portion of the Donbas' Luhansk neighbourhood still under Ukrainian management control.

Russian forces have achieved "some localized successes" in malice of strong Ukrainian resistance down dug-in positions, British military authorities said.

Moscow's troops too took over the town of Svitlodarsk with every one other accompanied by raised the Russian banner there, Ukrainian media reported. Svitlodarsk is concerning 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of the strategically important city of Kramatorsk.

Two top Russian officials appeared to admit that Moscow's go forward has been slower than expected, though they vowed the insulting would attain its goals.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia's Security Council. said the Russian management "is not chasing deadlines." And Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a gathering of a Russia-led safety alliance of former Soviet states that Moscow is deliberately slowing down its insulting to permit residents of encircled cities to evacuate — though forces have repeatedly hit civilian targets.

As Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, recovers from weeks of weeks of relentless bombardment, residents formed lengthy lines to receive rations of flour, pasta, sugar with every one other accompanied by others staples this week. Moscow's forces withdrew from around Kharkiv earlier this month, pulling spine in the direction of the Russian border.

Galina Kolembed, the assistance distribution center coordinator, said that additional with every one other accompanied by additional people are returning to the city. Kolembed said the center is providing food to over 1,000 people every one day, a number that keeps growing.

"Many of them have small kids, with every one other accompanied by they pay not here their money on the kids, so they need some support accompanied by food," she said.

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Becatoros reported from Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Associated Press journalists Yuras Karmanau inside Lviv, Andrea Rosa inside Kharkiv, Danica Kirka inside London with every one other accompanied by other AP staffers around the world contributed.

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