'It was impossible to make a mistake': Amnesty International reveals details of Mariupol theater shelling


The Russians deliberately destroyed the drama theater in Mariupol/Collage of Channel 24

The international human rights organization Amnesty International officially recognized the attack on the drama theater in Mariupol as a war crime for Russia. the occupiers could not be mistaken. It was a targeted attack.

Amnesty International Ukraine speaker Yekaterina Miteva told Channel 24 about this. The investigation of the organization lasted more than 3 months. During this time, they interviewed about 50 eyewitnesses, 28 of whom were directly in the drama theater or near it.

The bombing of the drama theater in Mariupol is a war crime for Russia

During this time, representatives of the organization analyzed hundreds of photos and videos on social networks. Eyewitnesses of the bombing, who did not publish these photos on the Internet, also provided their materials. We also studied radar data and satellite images before and after the attack.

Based on this, Amnesty International made a mathematical model of the explosion. So they learned how much explosives had to be in order for the theater to experience such destruction. All information was subsequently compared with the Russian arsenal, which at that moment was in Mariupol.

The conclusions are clear – Russian military deliberately bombed the drama theater . They were probably two huge 500 kg bombs . They were dropped from the Su-25 or Su-30 attack aircraft, which at that time were based near Mariupol.

Ekaterina Miteva notes – the Russians did not miss. They deliberately decided to bomb a place of worship in Mariupol, where about a thousand people were hiding.

This is a targeted attack, it was impossible to make a mistake. It all happened at 10 am, it was a fine day. The Drama Theater is clearly separated from other infrastructure by a green zone of 100 meters on each side. There were also inscriptions “children”. Of course, there were no military equipment or headquarters in the drama theater. It is obvious that this is a war crime of Russia,” Yekaterina Miteva said.

The invaders destroyed the Mariupol Drama Theater

On March 16, Russian invaders launched an airstrike on the Drama Theater in Mariupol, where local people were hiding. The exact number of victims has not yet been established. According to various sources, from 500 to more than 1,000 people were hiding there.

On May 20, the Russian occupiers finished dismantling the rubble of the drama theater. They were not even going to identify the bodies of the dead, but simply buried them in a mass grave near Mangush.

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