“The enemy is definitely trying to quell the resistance of Mariupol’s defenders in the Azovstal area. They have continued air strikes in the factory area, in the defense zone of our troops and are trying to carry out offensive operations,” he told a news conference quoted by Ukrinform.
However, Oleksi Arestovich stressed that the city’s defense is trying to resist despite the difficult situation and that Ukrainian forces are even counter-attacks. According to the Ukrinform agency, the Mariupol industrial complex has about 1,000 Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, about 500 of whom are injured.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities are urging the Russians to establish an urgent humanitarian corridor from Azovstal at a time when some 120,000 civilians are still besieged in the city.
Petro Andrushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said the occupiers were “cleaning up” the ruins of the city’s theater, which had been bombed and removed by Russian forces.
The bodies are wrapped in plastic bags and transported by truck and tractor to the industrial area and from there to the town of Mangushi, where they will be immersed in a 300-meter trench, the official said in a message posted on the Telegram social network. The Unian news agency quotes.
Andrushchenko also condemned the deportation of 308 residents, including 90 children, from Mariupol to Vladivostok in eastern Russia by Russian forces.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 and has killed more than 2,000 civilians, according to UN data, warning that the actual number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive has already displaced more than 12 million people, more than 5 million of them out of the country, according to the latest UN data – the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939). -1945).