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Mariupol mayor says 10,000 civilians died in city

Parte dos habitantes da cidade portuária conseguiu seguir para áreas controladas por Kiev por meio de corredores humanitários nas semanas anteriores

Part of the inhabitants of the port city managed to go to areas controlled by Kiev by through humanitarian corridors in previous weeks| Photo: EFE/EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The mayor of Mariupol, located in southeastern Ukraine, said this Monday (11) to the Associated Press agency that more than 10 a thousand civilians died in the city since the beginning of the Russian invasion of the country.

Vadym Boychenko, manager of the port city, accused Russian forces of preventing humanitarian convoys from entering the city so that these deaths would not be discovered.

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The United Nations High Commissioner pointed out this Monday in a bulletin that has information from 1.842 civilian deaths across Ukraine since the beginning of the war, but admitted that the real numbers are likely much higher.

Mariupol, who had more than 80% of s The destroyed infrastructure, according to Ukrainian reports, is particularly targeted by Russia because Moscow intends to establish an area of ​​continuous dominance between the regions administered by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk and the Crimea province, annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, in 2014.

The Ukrainian army says it expects a “final battle” for Mariupol in the coming days, as Moscow has withdrawn troops from the Kiev region and plans a decisive offensive in the east.

Boychenko stated that about 80 1,000 civilians are in urgent need of food, water and heating in Mariupol and that only residents passing through Russian “filtering camps” are being cleared to leave the city, to go to Russia or breakaway areas in Ukraine. Before, part of the inhabitants managed to leave the city through humanitarian corridors and go to regions controlled by Kiev.

Pro-Moscow separatists declared on Monday that they had taken control of the port of Mariupol, which the mayor denied. “It’s been difficult, but our heroic soldiers are holding on,” Boychenko said.

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