Authorities in the port city say that among those housed in the targeted school are women and children.
Ukrainian authorities said Russian forces bombed a school in Mariupol where hundreds of people, including women and children, had taken refuge, as Moscow continued its relentless attacks on the beleaguered port city.
“Yesterday the Russian occupiers dropped bombs on an art school No. 12,” the city council said on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday, adding that around 400 women, children and the elderly had attended there. sheltered from the bombardments.
The building to the east of the town was destroyed, the council said. “Peaceful civilians are still under the rubble,” he added.
Russian troops pushed deeper into the strategic city, which was bombarded for days and faced a near total communications blackout.
City authorities also said some residents of Mariupol were being “forcibly taken to Russia [and] stripped of their Ukrainian passports and given a piece of paper that has no legal value and is not recognized by the entire civilized world”.
Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said residents were taken to the Russian cities of Tomsk, Vladimir and Yaroslavl.
Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reporting from the western city of Lviv said conditions in Mariupol were getting worse.
“We’re still waiting to see if there are any survivors,” McBride said of the school that was hit on Sunday.
“The problem, say the Mariupol authorities, is that they simply cannot approach this place because of the heavy fighting taking place in the surrounding street. While people are allowed out through the humanitarian corridors, Russian soldiers are checking whether they are civilians instead of soldiers or fighters,” he added.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of Donetsk regional administration, said Russian forces had already expelled more than a thousand residents of Mariupol.
“The occupiers are sending Mariupol residents to filtration camps, checking their phones and seizing (their) Ukrainian documents,” he added, urging the international community to intervene.
“I appeal to the international community: put pressure on Russia and its mad leader,” he said on Facebook.