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Mariupol mayor says 5000 killed, it’s MLB Opening Day: 5 Things podcast


On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Mariupol mayor says 5,000 civilians killed in Ukraine city

Russia has pulled back troops from cities in Ukraine’s north and west, as it prepares a new offensive on the eastern Donbas region. Plus, prosecutors did not file charges against the police officer who killed Amir Locke, Hechinger Report higher education reporter Olivia Sanchez talks about students struggling with math amid the pandemic, we give a sneak peak at the ‘Women of the Year’ podcast and it’s Major League Baseball Opening Day!

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 7th of April 2022. Today’s staggering new death toll numbers in Ukraine, plus no charges for the officer who killed Amir Locke and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. The army in the West African country of Mali, along with foreign soldiers suspected to be Russian, recently killed an estimated 300 men according to Human Rights Watch. Some of those killed were suspected Islamic extremist fighters but most were civilians. It’s the worst single atrocity reported in Mali’s 10-year armed conflict against Islamic extremists.
  2. A draft leaked online of an agreement between China and the Solomon Islands is raising eyebrows in the South Pacific. The security agreement is expected to be signed soon and would give Chinese warships the green light to stop there for so-called logistical replenishment. China could also send military or police to the Solomons to maintain social order. The country switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Beijing in 2019.
  3. The Masters tees off today. The golf tournament begins this morning with honorary starters at 7:40 a.m. Eastern Time, but all eyes are on Tiger Woods. He’s said to tee off just after 1i:30 a.m. Eastern, but has called himself a game-time decision. He’s less than 14 months away from a serious car crash.

The mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine, said yesterday that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed there during Russia’s invasion. Mayor Vadym Boichenko said that 210 of those killed in the city were children. He added that a staggering 90% of Mariupol’s infrastructure has been cut. Russian attacks on the city by the Sea of Azov in Ukraine’s southeast have systematically cut it off from food and resources, and it appears Russia has repeatedly targeted civilian housing complexes with shelling. In recent days more civilians have been leaving their basements and other shelters where they’ve been hunkered down for weeks. British defense officials estimate about 160,000 of the city’s pre-war population of 430,000 remain. People like this resident named Gennadiy who described recent violence there.

Taylor Wilson translating for Gennadiy:

“Everybody dispersed. One man managed to run away to a hallway. Someone ran away to a bathroom. In general, everybody ran away to a basement. We have been in a basement for 20 days or more.”

Taylor Wilson:

Russia has especially focused on Mariupol in order to secure a continuous land corridor to the Crimean Peninsula which it seized from Ukraine in 2014. Russia has completed its pullout of some 24,000 troops from around the capital Kyiv and also Chernihiv in the country’s north central region. They’re next expected to start up a new, aggressive offensive in Ukraine’s eastern, mostly Russian speaking Donbas region. Ukrainian authorities are urging people there to evacuate now before a new offensive.

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