Olexander Scherba, who served as Kyiv’s ambassador to Austria, took to social media to express his concern about Mariupol. The Donetsk Oblast city, which is located on the north coast of the Sea of Azov, was a prime target for Russian forces after Vladimir Putin launched the Kremlin’s invasion on February 24.
It has been reported Russian “occupiers” have been considering bulldozing Mariupol for some time.
The Washington Post even claimed Russian forces were clearing debris from a bombed-out theatre which had served as the city’s main shelter ahead of a parade back in May.
However, in his recent comments about the city, Mr Scherba claimed Russia was acting as if residents “never existed”.
Mr Scherba said: “Now the occupiers say many buildings in Mariupol can’t be salvaged & smell bad – so they just bulldoze them to the ground.
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“Which means we won’t even know who died where.
“People are vanishing with their homes. As if they never existed.”
The Ukrainian Government previously claimed the city was left almost completely ruined following Russia’s invasion.
In a post on Twitter in April, Kyiv said: “Mariupol had lived in peace before Russia invaded, ruined 95 percent of the city by heavy bombardment, and killed thousands of people.
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