|Mariupol art school bombing|
|Part of the Siege of Mariupol during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine|
|Location||Art School No. 12|
|Date||20 March 2022UTC+3)(|
|Target||Civilians using the school as an air raid shelter|
|Perpetrators||Russian Armed Forces|
On 24 February, the Russian Armed Forces, working together with pro-Russian rebels, besieged the port city of Mariupol, leading to heavy casualties as supplies such as food, gas, and electricity were cut off from the locals. The deputy mayor of Mariupol, Sergiy Orlov has estimated that 80 to 90% of the city had been destroyed due to shelling. As of 20 March 2022,[update] local authorities have estimated that at least 2,300 people were killed during the siege up until the bombing.
On 20 March 2022, Ukrainian authorities announced that Russian troops had bombed an art school where about 400 people were sheltering. The Mariupol City Council made the announcement through the instant messaging service Telegram, highlighting that many of those sheltering in the school were women, children and elderly. However, Petro Andryushchenko, an advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol, raised the concern that there was no exact number on how many people were using the school as a refuge.
- Morris, Loveday; Timsit, Annabelle (20 March 2022). "Russian troops 'everywhere' in Mariupol as art school sheltering 400 is bombed". Europe. The Washington Post. Dnipro, Ukraine. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 2269358. Archived from the original on 28 March 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
- Carey, Andrew; Voitovych, Olga; Kesaieva, Yulia (20 March 2022). "School where hundreds were believed to be sheltering is bombed in Mariupol as fighting rages for key port city". CNN. Lviv, Ukraine. Archived from the original on 15 April 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
- "Historic Theater Sheltering Mariupol Civilians Hit By Air Strike, Number Of Casualties Unknown". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. AP, AFP, dpa, and BBC. 16 March 2022. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
Up to 1,200 people may have been inside the theater, the city's deputy mayor Serhiy Orlov said.
- Anna, Cara (20 March 2022). "Russia bombs Mariupol art school where 400 were sheltering, Ukraine officials say". The Times of Israel. Lviv, Ukraine. AP. ISSN 0040-7909. OCLC 1076401854. Archived from the original on 3 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
- Dafoe, Taylor (21 March 2022). "Russian Forces Bombed an Art School in Ukraine, Where Hundreds of Civilians Had Taken Shelter". Artnet. Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 16 June 2022.