31 Mar 2022

‘My task was to dig up my husband and find my mother’, says woman who survived Mariupol theatre shelling

We spoke to Nadiya Navka, who has spent her whole life in Mariupol.

Like many others she had gone to the drama theatre in the city for shelter.

On 16 March she was in the kitchen there making bread with her husband when it was hit.

Ukraine believes up to 300 people died.

The couple are now safely out of the area and it’s important testimony because the Russians have repeatedly claimed there were no civilians in the theatre, and that it was being used by the Ukrainian military.