On March 5, several explosions took place in Mariupol. Despite the ceasefire regime proclaimed by the Russian Defense Ministry since 9 a.m. local time, so that civilians could leave the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha in accordance with the agreement reached during the second round of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev.
The explosions took place at around midday local time. Columns of black smoke were seen in in the city center, on the left bank of the Kalmius River.
Shortly thereafter, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported that the militants of the Azov battalion blew up a civilian house in Mariupol at 15/20 Meotidi Boulevard. The building is located in the eastern part of the city.
Up to 200 people were trapped under the rubble, most of them women and children.
According to the updated data, the crime was committed not by the fighters of the Azov nationalist battalion, but by volunteers of the so-called ‘territorial defense’ detachments who arrived to Mariupol from the western regions of the country. they have recently carried out a massive mining of entrances to the civilian houses.
The Investigative Committee of Russia, in accordance with the instructions of the head of the department, opened a criminal case on the fact of blowing up a residential building in Mariupol.
For several days, the left bank district of the city remains the main stronghold of the Ukrainian nationalist battalions. The joint Russian and DPR forces have not entered this region yet. Thus, they could not carry out the mining of the civilian multi-storey buildings. The street fightings have not yet begun in Mariupol, the Russians remain on the outskirts of the city.
As the ceasefire regime is now broken, the mopping up of the city is likely to begin in the coming days or hours.
Civilians are persuading Ukrainian nationalists not to deploy their positions near their house and the hospital:
At the same time, nationalist battalions take in hostage the local civilians. While the central command of the UAF have lost control over the forces in the blockaded city, the nationalist are using members of the so-called territorial defence to commit bloody war crimes.
The Russian forces secured the humanitarian corridor for civilians in Mariupol a few days ago, but to reach it they have to leave the city first. Armed Ukrainian militants are shooting at them and the soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces blocked the exit to the civilians, as they blew up bridges when they were leaving the city.
“Nobody told us anything, the Ukrainian soldiers blew up the bridges after they left the city and that’s it – we were left isolated” – civilians from Mariupol reported.
The families who managed to get out of Mariupol said that they had not even heard about the humanitarian corridor. They were leaving under the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for almost a week.
Of the declared 200 thousand civilians from Mariupol and 15 thousand from Volnovakha, no one has arrived at the open humanitarian corridors so far. In total, only three families got out of the city, according to the DPR-linked sources.
The DPR officials have recently warned of the upcoming provocations with mass killings of the civilians in Mariupol. Kiev makes its best to blame Russia in all crimes during the conflict but a simple analysis of the situation on the ground reveals that the majority of such claims are lies and bloody provocations committed by the Kiev regime.