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Newsline: Top EU diplomat denounces Russia’s Mariupol assault

The European Union’s top diplomat is accusing Russia of “a massive war crime” in Moscow’s assault against the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. “This is a war crime, a massive war crime, what’s happening in Mariupol,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, told reporters on Monday. “The city will be completely destroyed, and people will be – are dying.” (https://news.yahoo.com/top-eu-diplomat-accuses-russia-142016151.html) Mariupol has come under attack by Russian forces throughout Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which began late last month. On Monday, the Mariupol City Council claimed that Russia bombed an art school in the city where hundreds of refugees were sheltering. One day before that, the Mariupol City Council said thousands of residents had been forcibly taken to Russian territory. The offensive in Mariupol reached an apex on Sunday, when Russia called on Ukrainians to lay down their arms and end what it labeled a “terrible humanitarian catastrophe” in the city. Officials there, however, rejected the plea on Monday.

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