Russia has fired on a mosque in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. More than 60 people, including children, took refuge in the mosque. A statement from Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported the news in a report.
Among those who took refuge in the mosque were Turkish nationals, Kiev said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “Russian invaders have opened fire on the mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hurram Sultan in Mariupol.”
Kiev did not say whether there were any casualties.
Russia is calling the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine a “special military operation.” However, Moscow has consistently denied targeting civilian areas in the operation.
Thousands of Ukrainians have been stranded in the town of Mariupol for more than two weeks due to a Russian blockade. Kiev alleges that Russian forces are not allowing civilians to leave the city. Russia, meanwhile, has blamed Ukraine for failing to evacuate civilians. On Friday, the private humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said people were desperately trying to flee the city.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said: “The besieged Mariupol is now witnessing the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet. One thousand 572 civilians have died there in 12 days.