War impact in Mariupol

April 12, 2022

There are tens of thousands of dead. But even despite this, the Russians do not stop the offensive. They want to make Mariupol a demonstratively destroyed city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video speech to South Korean lawmakers.
  • Mariupol’s mayor, Vadym Boychenko, told the Associated Press that more than 10,000 civilians have died since Russia began attacking the southern port city.
  • Mayor Boychenko has also shared that Ukrainians from the city are being taken by Russian forces to “filtration camps” in Novoazovsk a Russian-occupied Ukrainian town that is 35 miles from Mariupol and 9 miles from Russia.
  • The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that there are “credible reports” supporting the existence of filtration camps which involve separating Ukrainian families and confiscating passports from Ukrainian citizens.
  • Russia has repeatedly denied any atrocities in Ukraine. Pres. Vladimir Putin recently argued his “main goal is to help people.”

Why It Matters: Mariupol has been under siege for weeks; events in the region may hint at Russia’s future actions as they concentrate war efforts elsewhere in Ukraine, particularly the east.

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by Jenna Lee,