We also have testimony from people who were right there in the theater. They said they had all been freed before Azov blew up the theater. Russian sources warned that Azov had mined the theater and filled it with civilians three days before.
The Russian command knew that it was full of civilians and mined by Azov and also that Azov was using the top floors to fire on Russian forces. The theater was removed from the target list due to the extreme potential of endangering civilians. There are no witness reports of Russian aircraft over Mariupol that day and anyway that in that area, the street fighting was so intense that you cannot use air power in such tight quarters because there’s too much risk of hitting your own men.
Also, keep in mind that 99% of Mariupol residents support Russia. Most are Russian speakers. They say the Azov Battalion tormented them for years and committed many crimes against them. There are also many reports of Azov firing on civilians who tried to leave the city.
Tell me now, why on Earth does Russia deliberately bomb a theater that they knew full well for days beforehand was full of civilians, 99% of whom supported Russia. Why would Russia bomb the very civilians who are supporting them? None of this makes any sense.
Mariupol woman describes the horrific treatment and torture of Ukrainians and their children by Azov Nazis and Ukraine troops. Says Russian soldiers saved them, gave children their food and candy to comfort them. pic.twitter.com/laPxc8Z2Xh
— Lynnewood Hall (@lynnewoodhall) March 28, 2022