More than 2,100 residents of the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol have been killed since the start of hostilities, local authorities said on Sunday.
“As of today, 2,187 residents of Mariupol have been killed by attacks by Russia,” the city council wrote on Telegram.
It said about 100 aerial bombs have been dropped on the city. The bomb attack on a maternity and children’s hospital on Wednesday injured 17 and was internationally condemned.
The port city of Azov, with about half a million inhabitants, has been under siege since early this month and faces what Ukraine and aid agencies are calling a “humanitarian catastrophe”, with no water or heating and no food.
“People are in a serious situation for 12 days. There is no electricity, water or heat in the city, there is almost no mobile communication and the last supplies of food and water are running out,” the local authorities warned.
Authorities said on Wednesday that 1,207 civilians had died in the first nine days of the siege of the strategic city. They say there are still about 400,000 people trapped in the city.
An aid convoy bound for Mariupol was blocked at a Russian checkpoint on Saturday, hoping it would arrive on Sunday.
Turkey has asked Russia to help evacuate civilians stranded in Mariupol, Ankara Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
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