Ukraine port city Mariupol has ‘colossal damage’ by Russian airstrikes

The Ukrainian authorities estimate over 2,500 residents have been killed in Mariupol since the start of the war on Feb. 24.

Ukraine port city Mariupol has ‘colossal damage’ by Russian airstrikes

Kyiv: Mariupol, the black seaport city of Ukraine has been completely destroyed by the Russian troops. There has been significant damage caused to the city due to continuous airstrikes and missile attacks of Russian troops.

Ukraine said that the situation in the port city of Mariupol was now “critical”, as Russian forces continued their bombing campaign across the country in places like Kharkiv and Dnipro.

Satellite images have showing that the city has completely destroyed by Russian troops. Many residential buildings have been damaged by Russian airstrikes and missile attacks. 

Russia’s defence ministry was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying Mariupol was now completely surrounded, and Ukrainian officials accused Russia of deliberately preventing civilians from getting out and stopping humanitarian convoys from getting in.

Russian airstrike has damaged the Drama Theatre, the building has been damaged. It was housing thousands of refugees. Ukraine has accused Russia of the airstrike, though Moscow has denied the attack.

The bomb shelter under the theatre survived the impact and no person was killed in the attack, the city authorities said.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said 130 people had been saved after the bombing, but hundreds

were still beneath the rubble. The strike on the theatre drew international condemnations.

Russia says city surrounded as Ukraine accuses Russian forces of deliberately preventing civilians from getting out.

The city council said 1,582 civilians had been killed in Mariupol since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and unseat leaders it has called “neo-Nazis”.

Residents of Mariupol, a strategically important city of more than 400,000 in peacetime, have been without power or water for more than a week. Attempts to arrange a local ceasefire and safe passage out have failed, with each side blaming the other.

Mayor Vadym Boychenko said Russian warplanes had targeted residential areas in the city “every 30 minutes” on Thursday, “killing civilians, the elderly, women and children”.

The Mariupol city council said the strike on the city has caused "colossal damage", and published footage showing burned-out buildings, destroyed cars and a huge crater outside the hospital, BBC reported.

"We don't understand how it's possible in modern life to bomb a children's hospital. People cannot believe that it's true," Mariupol Deputy Mayor Serhiy Orlov said.

Some 400,000 people have been trapped in the strategic port city for over two weeks, sheltering from heavy bombardment that has severed central supplies of electricity, heating and water, according to local authorities.

Mariupol council said the physical damage to the city has been "enormous". It estimated that around 80% of the city's homes had been destroyed, of which almost 30% were beyond repair.

The city council warned Mariupol was running out of its last reserves of food and water last Sunday and has said it is unable to properly treat or tally casualties from the shelling.

Speaking on national television on Friday, Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said around 35,000 had managed to flee the city in recent days, many leaving on foot or in convoys of private cars, Reuters reported.