Russian military are said to have entered Mariupol’s largest hospital and are blocking physicians and patients from leaving.
Russian forces “drove 400 individuals from neighboring residences to the Regional Intensive Care Hospital and they can’t leave,” the governor of Donetsk Oblast said on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is hard to get out of the hospital,” claimed Pavlo Kirilenko, the chairman of the Donetsk regional military administration.
We’re in the basement because there’s a lot of gunfire.
“For the past two days, vehicles have been unable to travel to the hospital.”
There are a lot of high-rise structures on fire…
Russians forcibly brought 400 individuals from nearby residences to our hospital.
We won’t be able to depart.”
According to the Media Initiative for Human Rights, Russian forces are firing into the hospital’s windows in an attempt to elicit a response from Ukrainian military.
The Russian military is “threatening to shoot” at captives who seek to flee, according to a human rights organization, and “patients who attempted escape from captivity returned with bullet wounds.”
Food and medical supplies are running out, and aid is not being allowed in, making Mariupol the epicenter of a developing humanitarian crisis.
With an estimated 350,000 inhabitants besieged, the city has been under relentless Russian shelling.