Mariupol: No light, communication, medicine, heating or water in Ukrainian city, says Britain

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The condition of thousands of residents of the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine is “worsening” as they are left without electricity, water, medicine or communication due to continuous and incessant bombing by Russia, British military intelligence said in a statement. their latest update.

“The humanitarian situation in the city is getting worse,” the British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday.

“Most of the remaining 160,000 inhabitants have no light, no communication, no medicine, no heating, no water. Russian forces have prevented humanitarian access, likely to pressure defenders to surrender,” he added.

The statement comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of blocking humanitarian aid to Mariupol and said Moscow was buying time to “clean up” evidence of human rights abuses.

He cited data from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the country’s security agency, that Russian forces “planned to collect the bodies of Mariupol residents killed by the Russians themselves in one place and present them as massive victims of Ukrainian troops”.

He made the remarks during an interview with Turkish television Haberturk.

The port city of Mariupol, a strategically important port on the Sea of ​​Azov which is part of the Black Sea, has been surrounded by Russian forces since early March.

A view inside the Mariupol theater damaged during the fighting

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The city has been hit by endless artillery, rocket and missile bombardment as Ukrainian forces said they repelled attacks on the city for more than 40 days.

More than 90% of the city would have been damaged and access to electricity, heating, fresh water, food and medical supplies would have been cut off.

Meanwhile, British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the world must “act to stop the mass killings” in Ukraine, comparing the rise in civilian killings to the 1995 genocide in Bosnia.

Members of the service of the pro-Russian troops collect the bodies of the dead to take them to the Mariupol morgue

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“This is mass murder on a scale unprecedented in Europe. I think we haven’t seen this kind of thing since 1995,” he told the BBC.

“I don’t want to commemorate another genocide in Europe years from now. We have the power, the world has the power to stop this, and it must act,” Mr Javid said.

In what is widely considered Europe’s worst humanitarian atrocity since World War II, Bosnian Serb forces invaded a UN “safe area” in Srebrenica and massacred Bosnian Muslims in July 1995.

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