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War in Ukraine: in Mariupol, the humanitarian situation is dramatic

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The city of Mariupol is besieged and continues to be bombarded relentlessly by the Russian army. In this city in the east of the country, the humanitarian situation is dramatic.

“People are struggling to survive. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic”, launched on the night of Sunday to Monday March 28 the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

To date, 100,000 people are still stranded in Mariupol, while attempts to set up humanitarian corridors have failed.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “Russian forces are bombing humanitarian aid convoys and killing the drivers”.

“What do we have left?”

Faced with the bombardments, the Ukrainians see their city crumble to dust. Back home after a bombing, Valentina can only see the destruction of her home.

“I was born here, my husband was also born here. We got married, we had children here. And now what do we have left? I don’t want to leave, but how can we live here now?” she says with emotion.

Mariupol has hundreds of apartments like his. The city is now nothing more than a cemetery of houses razed by the bombs.

Residents also have to deal with shortages. “All the entrances and exits of the city are blocked (…) it is impossible to bring in food and medicine”, denounced the Ukrainian authorities.

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