Mariupol, Ukraine’s strategic port on the Azov Sea, continues to face the brunt of the war’s horrors. It has been surrounded by Russian soldiers, shut off from energy, water supplies, and food, is being bombarded mercilessly. Mariupol’s access to the Sea of Azov has also been shut off by Russian soldiers.
Four Russian naval ships blasted the Azov Seaport on Sunday, as part of the Russian military’s campaign to cynically extinguish the Ukrainian city with all the armaments available to it. The Mariupol municipal council said in a statement that the Russian military forced thousands of citizens, especially women and children, to flee and be moved to Russia.
After Russian forces destroyed the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater in Mariupol where residents sought sanctuary, 130 people have been evacuated from the wreckage, but many more could be trapped beneath the rubble.
A Russian missile strike on a marine barracks in the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv killed at least 40 Ukrainian troops on Friday. Missiles were launched from the adjacent Kherson region, killing at least five civilians, including a nine-year-old boy.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Kharkiv has been under siege and has been bombarded by Russian artillery. Sumy, another besieged Ukrainian city in the northeast, was evacuated with 70 orphaned newborns. According to the governor of the region, the majority of the infants require constant medical attention and will be transported to an unnamed foreign country.
⚡️The video shows the destroyed Retroville shopping mall in Kyiv, following an overnight missile strike.
According to Prosecutor General’s Office, at least eight people were killed.
Video: Proof of war in Ukraine/Telegram pic.twitter.com/GgUosETtCn
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 21, 2022
The northwestern suburbs of Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel, and Moshchun were targeted on Saturday. Slavutich, 165 kilometers north of the capital, is “totally isolated.
Over 6,000 people were able to flee along eight of ten humanitarian routes. There were 4,128 persons from Mariupol who were transported to Zaporizhzhia in the southeast. Poland has taken in more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees, said the United Nations. Thousands of people have poured into Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania.
Thousands of Ukrainian refugees waited in long queues in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, to get local identification papers that would allow them to resume their lives with the help of.
Overnight, refugees began forming lines outside Warsaw’s National Stadium to obtain the coveted PESEL identity cards, which will allow them to work, attend school, and receive medical or social benefits for the next 18 months.
Since the war began, 112 children have been killed, according to the office of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General. A total of 140 youngsters have been injured. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirmed 2,246 civilian casualties in the country from the start of the war until Friday, including 847 killed and 1,399 injured.
(Photo: Drop of Light)