Zelensky claims ‘tens of thousands’ were killed by the Russian army in Mariupol

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday:Mariupol has been destroyedTens of thousands of people [are] dead, but the Russians are still continuing the military operation.”

Zelensky made the remark while addressing South Korean lawmakers.

He reportedly said: “Ukraine needs different military technologies from aircraft to tanks.” Reuters. “South Korea can help us.”

A woman pulls her bags Friday in front of houses damaged during a fighting in Mariupol.
(AFP / Alexei Alexandrov)

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Mariupol officials estimated that nearly 5,000 civilians were killed, but warned last week that given the scale of the destruction in the city, the death toll could reach tens of thousands.

Mariupol city council last week Russian forces also accused Relying on a mobile crematorium to cover up alleged war crimes there.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses members of South Korea's parliament via video link at the National Assembly on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses members of South Korea’s parliament via video link at the National Assembly on Monday.
(Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

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Mariupol, partially occupied for weeks, has been the target of one of the most brutal Russian attacks in Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24.

Monday , The British Ministry of Defense said “The use of phosphorous munitions by Russian forces in the Donetsk Oblast raises the possibility of their future employment in Mariupol as the fighting for the city intensifies.”

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall and James Levinson contributed to this report.

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