Mariupol mayor says 5,000 civilians have been killed, city turned 'into a death camp'

A damaged building in Mariupol, Ukraine.
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More than 5,000 civilians have been killed in Mariupol, Ukraine, since the start of the Russian invasion, Mayor Vadym Boichenko said Wednesday. The death toll includes 210 children.

"The world has not seen the scale of the tragedy in Mariupol since the existence of the Nazi concentration camps," Boichenko said, per the Ukrainian news agency Interfax. "Russia-occupation forces turned our entire city into a death camp. This is the new Auschwitz and Majdanek."

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