In a roundtable on Wednesday, Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko called for stronger sanctions against Russia and said Russia’s war crimes be recorded by international institutions.
He said more than 90% of the city’s infrastructure has been destroyed by Russia and that at least 40% of that is “no longer recoverable.”
The Mariupol city council shared a transcript of Boychenko’s remarks at the roundtable, in which the mayor said the city council has set up a commission to “record the instances of destruction of communal and private property” and that the council has so far recorded 300 such instances.
Boychenko said, "According to preliminary estimates alone, 5,000 people died in Mariupol during the month of the blockade, of which about 210 were children.”
He added, “Russian terrorist forces dropped several heavy bombs on a children's hospital and destroyed one of the buildings of the city hospital No.1. Almost 50 people were burned alive.”
“The Drama Theater was bombed, where more than 900 people were hiding from the shelling at the time. These are just a few examples of the deliberate destruction of the civilian population of Mariupol, " Boychenko added