The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating and has become catastrophic in a number of cities, the Russian army said Saturday during a speech on the 17th day of what Moscow called a “special military operation”.
“Unfortunately, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate rapidly and in some cities it has reached catastrophic proportions,” said the head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev.
He accused Ukrainian “nationalists” of mining residential areas and destroying key infrastructure, including roads and bridges, depriving civilians of access to electricity, water, food and medicines.
Mizintsev said a particularly serious humanitarian situation was developing in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, accusing Ukrainian “nationalists” of imprisoning hundreds of thousands of people in the besieged city.
“Hundreds of thousands of people, including foreigners, are being held forcibly by nationalists,” he said.
He also accused the Ukrainian army of taking nearly 7,000 people from 16 foreign countries and crews of more than 50 foreign ships hostage.
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