Satellite imagery collected by the U.S.-based Maxar Technologies firm, and distributed on March 14, showed the word "children" in large Russian script painted on the ground outside the red-roofed Mariupol Drama Theater, which was bombed by Russia on March 16, the Reuters news agency reported.
Maxar said it would distribute new images of the theater as soon as it has them.
Late on March 16, Ukrainian MP Serhiy Taruta said that Russia had bombed the Mariupol Drama Theater, which was the largest shelter for local residents, which has been corroborated by the Mariupol City Council, who stated that hundreds of civilians had been taking shelter within the structure.
The airstrikes destroyed the central part of the theater, sending debris falling to block the entrance to the bomb shelter housing hundreds of Mariupol residents. Ukrainian authorities are attempting to determine any victims or casualties of the strike.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Russian of deliberately targeting the drama theater, saying that the Russians had once again committed a war crime, refuting Russian disinformation claims that the theater had somehow been destroyed by the Ukrainians themselves.