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InternationalRussian troops fired on a mosque with children and elderly in Mariupol

Russian troops fired on a mosque with children and elderly in Mariupol

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The Russian army continues its attacks on Ukraine on a wide front, the Russian Ministry of Defense said, DPA reported.

Russian forces have shelled a mosque in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which housed more than 80 adults and children, including Turkish citizens, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, dariknews.bg reports.

Ukraine has accused Russia of not allowing people to leave Mariupol. Hundreds of thousands are trapped in the surrounding city. Moscow, for its part, blames Kyiv for the failure of the evacuation.

“The mosque named after Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxolana in Mariupol was shelled by Russian invaders,” a tweet from Ukraine’s foreign ministry said.

The ministry did not specify whether anyone was killed or injured.

Moscow denies shelling civilian targets and calls its military operations in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

An air base in Vasilkov and a radio reconnaissance center in Brovary were destroyed near Kyiv, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news conference today.

According to Russia, its troops and separatist forces from Luhansk and Donetsk have taken over many settlements in eastern Ukraine. Parts of the so-called People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic have advanced another nine kilometers in the last 24 hours and have taken control of two settlements. The Russian armed forces have advanced by 21 kilometers, and the detachment of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic – 6 km. These data cannot be confirmed by an independent source, DPA notes.

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