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Dancing on bones: Russians place christmas tree near Mariupol Drama Theater ruins, says city council deputy Zabavin

24 December, 2023 Sunday
11:49

In the currently occupied Mariupol, Russian-appointed authorities have installed a Christmas tree near the remains of the Drama Theater, as revealed by Mariupol City Council Deputy Dmytro Zabavin 

He shared the information on Espreso TV.

Zabavin reported, "The Russians placed a Christmas tree near the Mariupol Drama Theater, adorning everything in a Soviet New Year style to demonstrate a festive atmosphere in the city. This isn't the first instance; the Russian administration has previously organized concerts on this square."

He noted that the residents of Mariupol are no longer surprised by "dancing on the bones" of those killed by Russians. Those who rejected the Russian occupation have already left the city.

Background:

  • On March 16, 2022, a powerful bomb dropped by Russians struck the Mariupol Drama Theater, where 1,000 people sought refuge in its bomb shelter.
  • By March 23, 2022, reports surfaced that Russians were actively destroying evidence of civilian casualties in the shelter beneath the Drama Theater.
  • On May 20, 2022, the advisor to the mayor of Mariupol disclosed that Russians had completed the clearance of rubble from the Drama Theater, making it impossible to determine the exact number of casualties.
  • Amnesty International's investigation into the destruction of the Mariupol Drama Theater on June 30, 2022, concluded that Russian troops purposefully bombed the theater, fully aware that hundreds of civilians were taking shelter there.
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