86, including 34children, sheltering in Ukraine's Mariupol mosque killed in Russian shelling

Kyiv:

The Ukrainian government on Saturday said Russia’s military has shelled a mosque sheltering more than 80 people in the city of Mariupol.

The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey reported earlier that a group of 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those seeking refuge from an ongoing Russian attack on the encircled port city.

As per Ukrainian officials said the mosque in Mariupol was sheltering 80 civilians. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, “The mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxolana (Hurrem Sultan) in Mariupol was shelled by Russian invaders.” 

“More than 80 adults and children are hiding there from the shelling, including citizens of Turkey,” the Ukraine foreign ministry said. 

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that Turkey has evacuated nearly 14,000 of its citizens from Ukraine.

Russian began invasion of Ukraine on February 24, since then it has been carrying out air strikes in several place in the country. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been trapped in Mariupol for over a week with no food, water or heat and amid freezing temperatures.

Ukrainian officials claimed over 1,500 people have been killed there so far, and have repeatedly accused Russia of targeting civilian centres and populations. 

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