Apr 12, 2022
By Jane Brown
The mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol says more than 10,000 civilians have died in the Russian siege of his city and the true toll could be twice that.
Mayor Vadym Boychenko tells The Associated Press “corpses carpet the streets of the city.”
He says Russian forces brought mobile cremation equipment to the city to dispose of the bodies.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in his nightly address the Kremlin may start using chemical weapons on Mariupol.
A Ukrainian unit defending Mariupol claimed that a drone had dropped a poisonous substance on its positions.
A spokesman for the Kremlin-backed fighters in eastern Ukraine has denied using chemical weapons, but American and British officials are investigating.
Meantime, Russia’s dictator says his country cannot be isolated.
Speaking on a visit to a space launch facility in Russia’s Far East Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said Russia has no intention to isolate itself and added that foreign powers wouldn’t succeed in isolating such a huge nation in “the world of today.”
Putin added that he will work with those of his partners who want to co-operate.
Putin’s trip marked his first known trip outside Moscow since he launched his military’s devastating war on Ukraine February 24th.