The terrible toll has been drawn up: 600 people died in the Mariupol theater shot down by the Russians!

One of the scariest days of the Russian-Ukrainian war was when Russia hit a theater in Mariupol that was being used as a bunker. After this attack on March 16, he was very curious to know how many people were in the shelter and how many lives had been lost. The report announced after the exams revealed that the reality was even more terrible than expected.


On March 16, Russian forces shelled the Donetsk Regional Academic Drama Theater in Mariupol in a shocking attack. What happened shocked the world and Russia was condemned by almost all states after this attack.

The Ukrainian government launched a war crimes investigation after the attack.

Exterior of the blockbuster theater building

Besides its use as a bomb shelter, the theater had become a gathering point for people who wanted to flee the area as evacuations from the besieged city began.


About a week before the attack, a decorator at the theater used white paint to write the word “KIDS” in Cyrillic letters on both sides of the building outside the building to avoid bombardment.

Terrible toll unveiled: 600 people died in the Mariupol theater shot down by the Russians

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Survivors estimated there were around 1,000 people inside the theater when the bombs went off, but many said only around 200 people made it to the exit.

All witnesses said at least 100 people were in the kitchen set up just outside the building, and none of them survived the blast, according to the AP.

Eyewitnesses believe that Russia’s alleged demolition of the Mariupol theater and subsequent attempts to dispose of the bodies may be a sign that they are trying to “hide” their war crimes.


About 600 people were killed in the attack, according to the Associated Press investigation. This is almost double the previous death toll. Thus, the Mariupol Theater attack became the deadliest attack against civilians during the war and remained in the war-related record as the attack in which the most civilians were killed in the same weather.


To piece together what happened inside the theater that day, the research used eyewitness accounts from 23 survivors, numerous attendants who assisted with evacuations, and people familiar with the building.

Terrible toll unveiled: 600 people died in the Mariupol theater shot down by the Russians

‘CHILD’ was written in Russian in his garden so that the building wouldn’t be touched… But that didn’t help either…

Prior to the attack, theater people avoided congregating on the theater stage, which was located just below a vaulted ceiling; here, they felt like living target boards.

Instead, dogs and cats were kept on stage, the AP reported. When the attack took place, everyone inside became a target.



According to the latest data, in May the theater was completely destroyed as Russian forces controlled the area around it.

AP video showed heavy equipment further destroying the remaining rubble, while Russian state media still reportedly showed no bodies inside the ruins, despite what witnesses said.

The fact that there were almost no bodies inside led some witnesses to speculate that hundreds of bodies had been cremated or exhumed by Russian soldiers.

Terrible toll unveiled: 600 people died in the Mariupol theater shot down by the Russians

View of the theater after the attack

“They didn’t come to take the city, but to destroy it,” Maria Kutniakova, who survived the attack, told AP, “they are trying to hide their crimes, how many people actually died in Mariupol.”



This is not the first time that Russia’s actions signal that its military may be able to cover up its war crimes. In April, the Mariupol city council accused Russian forces of using mobile crematoriums to cremate civilian bodies.

The city council said the Russian administration had “ordered that all evidence of crimes committed by the Russian military in Mariupol be destroyed” following anger over hundreds of civilians killed in Bucha.

Terrible toll unveiled: 600 people died in the Mariupol theater shot down by the Russians

The fact that almost no bodies were found in the affected building raises questions.

Satellite images from last month showed at least two mass grave sites outside Mariupol.

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