Russian troops use 400 hostages at Mariupol hospital as human shields

16 March 2022, 01:04 PM

Invading Russian forces are conducting artillery barrages from the Mariupol hospital, where they are holding 400 residents and medics hostage, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

“Right now (they) are firing shells directly from the hospital,” Vereshchuk said.

“This jeopardizes the transit of people along humanitarian corridors.”

On March 15, Russian troops besieging the southern city of Mariupol captured a local hospital, effectively making hostages out of around 400 medical personnel, patients, and nearby residents.

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Doctors, nurses, and patients took cover in the basement, continuing to provide treatment.

On March 14, a trickle of people trapped in the besieged city started making they way out in their cars along the arranged humanitarian corridors. However, the Russians are preventing trucks with humanitarian aid from entering and resupplying the city.

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