After twelve days of siege, the strategic southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is without water, gas, electricity or communications, and people were seen fighting for food in recent days. The situation is “almost desperate”, warned Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
1,582 civilians were killed in Mariupol during the siege, some of which had to be buried in mass graves, the Ukrainian authorities said.
Meanwhile, the Russian troops are attempting to further encircle Kyiv, fighting against heavy resistance in the west and the north of the city.
Local media reported bombing warning sirens throughout Ukraine on Saturday morning, including the major cities of Kyiv, Odessa, Dnipro and Kharkiv.