The city council of Mariupol warns of a cholera outbreak as a result of the heavy fighting. Meanwhile, Russian attacks on the Azovstal steel mill continue. The trapped soldiers urgently called for help.
Ukrainian authorities have sounded the alarm about unsanitary conditions in the war-ravaged port city of Mariupol. The conditions pose a deadly threat, the city council said on Telegram, warning that “deadly epidemics could break out in the city because of the lack of a central water supply and sewage system, thousands of bodies rotting under the rubble, and a catastrophic shortage of drinking water and water supplies food prevails.”
100,000 people remaining in Mariupol could be at risk of contracting cholera or dysentery. In the Telegram post, Mayor Vadym Boychenko was quoted as saying “the invaders are unable to provide the remaining population with food, water and medicine – or they are simply not interested.” He said living conditions in Mariupol are now medieval, “immediate and complete evacuation is required.”
Before the war, the city had a population of about 450,000 inhabitants. After weeks of bitter fighting, the Russian army now controls the city on the Azov Sea. Many buildings and infrastructure were destroyed in the fighting and by artillery fire and air raids.
Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict parties cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.
Meanwhile, Russian forces apparently continued shelling Mariupol. New satellite images show violent attacks on the industrial facilities of the Azovstal steelworks. Images from the company Planet Labs show that a central building in the sprawling complex was badly damaged by shelling.
The Ukrainian Azov regiment locked in the steelworks made a dramatic appeal to the government in Kyiv for help: “I call on the military-political leadership to take decisive steps to break through the blockade or to evacuate everyone who is on it Hope for Fatherland and believe in it,” Deputy Commander Svyatoslav Palamar said in a video message.
Palamar said fighters are increasingly wondering why Kyiv is not keeping promises. “Who can answer this: Why are we alone against artillery, ships and planes?” According to Ukrainian sources, in addition to numerous fighters, there are also about 1,000 civilians in the bunkers below the plant.
“Will fight as long as we have to”
In an interview given to Reuters via video conference, Palamar said: “Of course, our resources are not infinite and they are becoming scarcer with every day of intense fighting. The situation is difficult, but we will fight as long as we have to. ” You would still have hundreds of fighters. There are more than 500 injured fighters, some of whom are in serious condition: “We don’t have the resources to treat them and to carry out really difficult operations. Medicines are running out, bandages, food and water. “
According to the Ukrainian governor of the Donetsk region, Russia wants to capture the remaining militants at the Azovstal steel plant. That’s why the Russians are not ready to evacuate injured Ukrainian soldiers, for example, said Pavlo Kyrylenko.
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