Russia is attempting to starve Mariupol into submission Ukraine conflict: Russia is attempting to starve Mariupol to surrender, according to MP
A Ukrainian member of parliament has accused Russia of attempting to starve the beleaguered port city of Mariupol into capitulation by denying it food supplies.
Dmytro Gurin was speaking shortly after Ukraine rejected a Russian ultimatum requiring Mariupol’s defenders to lay down their arms in exchange for safe passage out of the city. Ukraine has already rejected the deadline.
The Russian military considers Mariupol to be a critical strategic target.
It is estimated that over 300,000 people are stuck there, with supplies running low and aid being prevented from reaching them.
Residents have been without power and running water for weeks as a result of the Russian bombardment.
Russia is attempting to starve Mariupol into submission
Mr Gurin stated that the city of Mariupol will not be surrendering under any circumstances.
“The Russians have refused to open humanitarian corridors or allow humanitarian convoys to enter the city, and we can clearly see that their goal is to [create] hunger [in the city] in order to enforce their position in the diplomatic process. If the city does not surrender, and the city will not surrender, the Russians will not allow people to leave. They are refusing to allow aid convoys to enter the city.”
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According to the proposal, which Ukraine had until 05:00 Moscow time (02:00 GMT) to accept, Russian troops would have opened safe corridors out of Mariupol starting at 10:00 Moscow time (07:00 GMT), initially to allow Ukrainian troops and “foreign mercenaries” to disarm and flee the city, before closing the corridors entirely.
As soon as the de-mining of the roadways was completed, Russian forces claim they would have allowed humanitarian convoys carrying food, medicine, and other supplies to pass through the city without incident, which would have taken another two hours.
However, the deadline came and passed without a hitch.
Taking control of Mariupol would aid Russia in its efforts to establish a land corridor between the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are held by Russian-backed separatists, and Crimea, which the Russian government annexed in 2014. So far, however, Mariupol’s defenders have maintained their resolve.
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Concerns about the humanitarian situation are growing, with Yaroslav Zhelezniak, a Ukrainian MP from Mariupol, describing the situation as “hell on Earth.”
Russia’s persistent onslaught on the city from land, air, and sea continues, officials say, and residents are spending the majority of their time in shelters and basements as a result.
Photographs depict a city in ruins, with entire neighborhoods completely demolished. According to the mayor, Vadym Boychenko, more than 80 percent of residential buildings had been either damaged or destroyed, with a third of them being devastated beyond repair.
Because it is too unsafe to recover them from the streets, they are being left on the streets.
He said that personnel were still unable to clean up the wreckage of a Ukrainian theater that had been attacked by Russia on Wednesday, according to Ukrainian officials. On the other hand, hundreds of people are reported to be trapped in the basement, which managed to withstand the attack. Moscow categorically denies that the structure is being targeted.
“Because the shelling and bombing never cease, the emergency services are unable to clean up the rubble that has accumulated. It is quite risky “he explained. He was unable to provide an estimate of the number of persons who had managed to evacuate the area since “we have no link with Mariupol,” he explained.
Since the beginning of the war, authorities estimate that at least 2,500 people have died in Mariupol, however the exact amount may be much greater.
The Russian military has previously prevented attempts to evacuate the civilian population of Mariupol, however local authorities claim that thousands of people have been allowed to flee in private vehicles.
On Sunday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister announced that 3,985 people had escaped from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia, and that the administration planned to dispatch approximately 50 buses to pick up additional evacuees from the city on Monday, according to the official.
Russian President Volodomyr Zelensky has stated that the Russian blockade amounted to a “crime against humanity.”
“This is a completely premeditated strategy,” he explained. According to the Russian military, “they [Russian forces] have a clear instruction to do absolutely everything they can to turn the humanitarian crisis in Ukrainian towns into a ‘excuse’ for Ukrainians to work with their occupiers.”
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has called for “serious and fair” peace negotiations with Russia over the country’s invasion in the wake of further strikes, including Moscow’s claim that it had fired a hypersonic missile for the first time, which hit a depot in the country’s western region.
“It’s time to get together,” Zelenskiy said in a video message posted early on Saturday. It’s time to have a conversation. It is past time for Ukraine to reclaim its territorial integrity and restore justice. Russia’s losses would otherwise be so massive that it would take several generations for the country to recover.”
“The battle has to come to a stop,” he continued. “The suggestions from Ukraine are on the table.”
While fighting in Ukraine entered its 24th day, Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, advocated a comprehensive ban on EU commerce with Russia, and there was some optimism for displaced civilians after Ukrainian officials announced the establishment of 10 humanitarian corridors.
Although the government’ past efforts to evacuate citizens from the besieged city of Mariupol under a temporary ceasefire have largely failed, with both sides blaming the other, it has been reported that an agreement has been reached with Russia for a corridor to the city. Several corridors were also believed to have been agreed upon in Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republic of Luhansk, according to the reports.
The World Food Programme of the United Nations, on the other hand, cautioned that humanitarian groups were still being barred from reaching those besieged in Ukrainian cities surrounded by Russian soldiers.
“The moment has come to meet and discuss,” Ukrainian President Zelenskiy says in a plea for peace negotiations – video
In the hours following Zelenskiy’s invitation to negotiations, Russia said that it had used a hypersonic weapon for the first time, destroying an underground military base in western Ukraine. Hypersonic missiles travel at such a high rate of speed that they are unable to be detected by missile defense systems.
The Russian defense ministry announced on Saturday that it had destroyed a big underground storage facility for missiles and aircraft ammunition in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, according to official media.
The Russian president said earlier this week in a phone conversation with German chancellor Olaf Scholz, that Ukraine was “attempting to obstruct peace talks,” but that Moscow was still eager to continue dialogue.
According to local media accounts, a Russian air strike on a Ukrainian army barracks in the southern city of Mykolaiv resulted in the deaths of at least 40 Ukrainian servicemen.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Mykolaiv’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, stated that numerous towns in the vicinity had been captured and that the city had been subjected to heavy artillery fire, describing the day as “tough.”
Fighting has continued in the strategic port city of Mariupol, with Ukraine’s defense ministry announcing late on Friday that the country had “temporarily” lost access to the Sea of Azov, which connects to the Black Sea and would be a severe loss for the country if it happened.
The Russian military, according to Zelenskiy, has purposefully obstructed supplies from reaching the city in an attempt to force inhabitants to comply with their invaders, resulting in a “humanitarian catastrophe.” The president described the action as a war crime and warned Russian forces would be subjected to a “one-way mandatory ticket to The Hague,” where the international criminal court is located.
More than 350,000 residents have been left stuck in Mariupol, which has been under relentless shelling since Friday. They have limited food and water. Putin’s military said it was “tightening the noose” around the city, where an estimated 80 percent of the population’s homes had been destroyed.
Approximately 9,000 people have managed to evacuate Mariupol, but efforts to reach the hundreds of civilians believed to be trapped in a shelter beneath the city’s theatre, which was devastated by Russian airstrikes on Wednesday, are continuing. Approximately 130 individuals have been pulled from the wreckage, some of whom are in critical condition. There has been no official confirmation of the dead toll.
Earlier this month, Zelenskiy declared that Russian soldiers’ march throughout Ukraine had come to an abrupt stop, a conclusion that has been repeated by western intelligence services. The British military characterized Russia’s failings in the first three weeks of the battle in Mariupol as a result of the persistent targeting of civilians in the city of Mariupol.
“The Kremlin has so far been unable to achieve its initial aims,” said Lt Gen Jim Hockenhull, the chief of defence intelligence. It has been taken by surprise by the extent and ferocity of Ukrainian opposition, and it has been plagued by problems that it has created for themselves.
“Russian actions have undergone a transformation. Russia is currently adopting an attrition-based strategy. This will entail the employment of excessive and indiscriminate force against a large number of targets. This will result in an increase in civilian casualties, the destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, and the escalation of the humanitarian catastrophe in that country.
The Russian government has tightened its grip on the domestic media, as reported by Reuters. The Kremlin is aiming to maintain control over the narrative, conceal operational flaws, and shroud high Russian casualty figures from the Russian people,” the article states.
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According to Zelenskiy, he will continue his appeal to foreign leaders to advocate for peace in Ukraine, with plans to address Switzerland, Italy, Israel, and Japan in the coming months. The Ukrainian embassies across the world have been in contact with him in order to “intensify the supply of humanitarian commodities” for the displaced people in Ukraine.
During a two-hour phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Joe Biden “described the implications and consequences” of China providing material support to Russia as it conducts “brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians,” according to the White House, which did not provide further details. It was described as “candid and in-depth” in a Chinese description of the conversation published by the state news agency, Xinhua.
According to the United Nations, 816 confirmed civilian deaths have occurred. Kiev officials reported that 222 people had been slain in the city, including 60 civilians and four children, among them. It claimed that more than 3.2 million people had left, with an additional 2 million internally displaced.
A celebration in a Moscow stadium to commemorate the eighth anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Crimea featured a rare public speech by Putin, who lauded national “unity” in his remarks. On Friday, Putin spoke to a big throng of people waving Russian flags from a podium decorated with inscriptions such as “For a world without Nazism” and “For our president.” “The country hasn’t seen togetherness like this in a long time,” Putin said, addressing a large crowd flying Russian flags. More than 200,000 people were in and around the Luzhniki Stadium, according to the Moscow police. In his own speech, Zelenskiy alluded to the event, telling viewers to imagine the stadium filled with Russia’s 14,000 battle dead and tens of thousands more injured during the recent conflict. Russia is attempting to starve Mariupol into submission