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Russian aerial bomb 'hits shelter in makeshift hospital at besieged Mariupol steelworks'

Sky News has learned that a Russian bomber has struck a shelter within Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks.

Major SerhiyVolyna, commander, 36th Brigade of Ukraine Army, spoke on poor phone connections from the steelworks. He said that an aerial bomb fell near the military hospital , where hundreds were being treated for their wounds.

“The situation is very difficult. Around 600 people have suffered injuries of varying degrees of gravity. There have been 100 civilians wounded… [inaudible] More than 50 children and seniors. Medical support is not available. “Last night there was an air bomb direct hit the shelter of the military hospitals,” said the commander who is with the Ukrainian marines.



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The Kremlin claimed Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, that no military operations are ongoing in Mariupol.

The Russian attack continues, however, as evidenced by images from the city and an interview with the Ukrainian commander.

Major Volyna stated to Sky News that he could confirm that the city is not at risk of a humanitarian disaster.

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He stated that the “it has been completely erased from the surface of the earth.” The defense lines of the Ukrainian garrison at Mariupol are held at the Azovstal Works and the approaches to it. Russian troops control the rest of the territory.

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Mariupol’s mayor has said to Sky News that NATO must take immediate action to end a ‘genocide in the city’.

He said that there had been more than 50 bombing strikes in the last night. I don’t even mean ship-based artillery, which are based on Russian warships. This is ground-based artillery.

“Tanks, military equipment and other tanks fire point-blank on residential areas or any buildings. Any infrastructure in the area is being destroyed by the enemy.”

He described the destruction to the medical facilities and said that the operation room had been completely destroyed. “We can’t operate on the injured anymore, it is just field conditions.” It is critical. There is no medical support. It is simply terrible to see how servicemen, civilians, children, and the elderly struggle to survive.

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“We are outnumbered ten to one”

Multiple attempts have been made to end the fighting in Mariupol. This week, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Moscow and offered to help coordinate the evacuation of civilians.

A UN spokesperson said that President Putin had had a “very honest discussion” with him. “President [Putin] has agreed in principle to the participation of the United Nations (and the International Committee for the Red Cross) in the evacuations of civilians from the Azovstal Plant in Mariupol.”

Image: The interview with the Ukrainian commander and the images emerging from Mariupol suggest that the Russian attack continues

Major Volyna stated that his unit asked for safe passage for all civilians and his men.

He said, “We request a secure extraction from the territory of a foreign country from Mariupol to a territory that will provide safety for civilians, soldiers, and wounded.”

“We think that a military operation will cause many casualties and take a lot of time. We will lose both the dead and wounded.

“The international humanitarian law is being ignored… The wounded are not considered combatants. They must be evacuated from battle and given the support they need. This is not actually happening.”

Image Volunteers and emergency management professionals remove the rubble from a theatre that was destroyed in the city

The mayor of Mariupol is not currently in Mariupol. More than 21,000 civilians died in the city after the Russian invasion began at February’s end.


Tanya Kozyreva from Ukraine contributed to this

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