Direct Announcements: Russia Occupies Ukraine

About 350,000 people are still trapped Like MariupolThe city in southeastern Ukraine has been besieged by Russian troops since March 1, a local official said.

“Considering that 540,000 residents and about 150,000 people were evacuated in the first three days, we estimate that while it was still safe to do so, about 350,000 people would still be stranded in Mariupol,” Mariupol mayor’s adviser Pedro Andriyushchenko told Ukrainian television. Monday.

Several official attempts to establish safe routes and evacuate civilians from Mariupol have failed in recent days. A major humanitarian aid that was due Sunday did not reach the city until Monday, according to officials.

“Most people are staying in basements and shelters in inhumane conditions. Without food, water, electricity, heat,” he said, as people removed the heating system to melt the ice and get water to drink.

Speaking about civilian casualties, Andriushchenko said the numbers obtained from police and compiled by medical facilities were incorrect. As of Sunday, it had been confirmed that 1,800 people had been killed, he said.

Speaking on Monday, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said the Russian bombing of Mariupol had killed more than 2,500 people.

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