Zelenskyy calls Russian siege of Mariupol a ‘war crime’

Ukraine’s president Zelenskyy says the siege of Mariupol will go down in history for what he’s calling “war crimes” by Russia’s military.

“To do this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come,” he said in his night-time video address to the nation.

Russia’s military is not even recovering the bodies of its soldiers in some places, Zelenskyy said.

“In places where there were especially fierce battles, the bodies of Russian soldiers simply pile up along our line of defence. And no one is collecting these bodies,” he said.

Mariupol’s city council alleged Russian troops have forcefully deported several thousand people from the besieged city.

“Over the past week, several thousand Mariupol residents were deported onto the Russian territory,” the council said in a statement on its Telegram channel.

“The occupiers illegally took people from the Livoberezhniy district and from the shelter in the sports club building, where more than 1,000 people [mostly women and children] were hiding from the constant bombing.”