March 24, 2023

Russian forces continue to invade Mariupol City

BBC has reported that Russian forces continued to shell the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Saturday, despite agreeing to a ceasefire just hours earlier – throwing an attempted mass evacuation of civilians into chaos.

I’m right now in Mariupol, I’m on the street. I can hear shelling every three to five minutes,” said Alexander, a 44-year-old engineer and resident of the city. 

The green corridor set up to get people out was not working, he said.”

I can see cars of people who tried to flee and they are coming back. 

It is chaos.” Due to the fact that the Russian side is not sticking to the ceasefire and continues to shoot Mariupol itself and the outskirts, the evacuation has been postponed.” 

According to the BBC, Maxim, a 27-year-old IT developer, sent the BBC videos from his Mariupol apartment building showing smoke from explosions near the city center and he said smoke was rising from the highway to Zaporizhzhia – the planned ceasefire escape route. 

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