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Doctors And Patients Become ‘Human Shields' As Russia Takes 500 Hostages At Mariupol Hospital

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Mar 16, 2022 11:33 AM EDT
Pregnant women walk in a basement of maternity hospital in Ukraine

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said that Russian troops have taken more than 500 civilian hostages at a hospital in the port city of Mariupol in Southern Ukraine.

"Russian military has moved 400 civilians from a nearby residential area to a local intensive care hospital," Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a telegram.

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He said, "It seems that hostages are being used as 'human shields.' Although fierce attacks are continuing, no one can leave the hospital," Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Governor Kyrylenko said the hospital's main building was heavily damaged by shelling, but medical staff continued to treat patients in a temporary ward installed underground. 

In Mariupol, where Russian forces have been siege for more than two weeks, the death toll has already reached 2,500. Russian troops are bombing children's hospitals, obstetrics and gynecology hospitals, and mosques in Mariupol.

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Ukraine's General Staff said on Facebook that "Russian forces are trying to block off the eastern and western outskirts of Mariupol" and that "there are significant losses."

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Mariupol Sergii Orlov said on the same day that "it was counted on the 14th that 22 aircraft and at least 100 bombs were used in the attack on Mariupol."

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Ukrainian authorities believe about 350,000 people are detained in Mariupol. The remaining citizens are living with electricity, water, and heating turned off.

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a video statement today that many of the 20,000 people who had been quarantined for a long time in Mariupol were evacuated via the humanitarian corridor to nearby Zaporizhzhia.

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