Russia accused of bombing school sheltering hundreds in Ukraine

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KYIV  – Ukrainian officials reported on Sunday (March 20) that Russia attacked a school sheltering 400 people in the besieged port of Mariupol, as Moscow claimed to have fired a hypersonic missile in Ukraine for the second time.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the siege of Mariupol, a strategic mostly Russian-speaking port in Ukraine’s south-east where utilities and communications have been cut for days, would be classified as a war crime, and he warned Russians that thousands of their soldiers had died in the conflict.

The war in Ukraine, which Russian President Vladimir Putin launched on February 24 to stamp out the ex-Soviet country’s pro-Western leanings, has sparked Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II, slashed Russia-West relations to Cold War lows, and is wreaking havoc on the world economy, which is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Reuters

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