Mariupol deputy mayor confirms hospital staff taken as hostages
Mariupol Deputy Mayor Sherhiy Orlov confirms reports that Russian forces have occupied an intensive care hospital, holding staff and patients hostage.
The deputy mayor of war-torn Mariupol, Ukraine, confirmed on "Varney & Co." Wednesday that Russian forces have occupied an intensive care hospital and are holding staff and patients hostage.
"We can confirm this information today," Sherhiy Orlov told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney. "They take the hospital and all its patients and doctors use like hostages, and we receive information that they transferred the injured soldiers of Russian army and push Ukrainian doctors to cure them."
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Orlov’s comments come after Ukrainian residents reportedly contacted a human rights organization about the occupation of Russian troops at the Mariupol Regional Intensive Care Hospital.
While Russian forces were apparently firing at the windows of the hospital in an effort to trigger a response from Ukrainian soldiers, according to the Media Initiative for Human Rights.
Orlov also said troops won’t let anyone leave the hospital, "during [the] night, morning."