Four weeks of Mariupol blockade: thousands of casualties, 170,000 remain besieged

28 March, 06:48 PM
Due to the situation in Mariupol, the dead are now being 
buried in the courtyards of residential buildings in mass graves (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Due to the situation in Mariupol, the dead are now being buried in the courtyards of residential buildings in mass graves (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

In almost four weeks of the blockade of Mariupol by Russian invaders, almost 5,000 residents were killed in the city, New Voice of Ukraine was told on March 27 by the President’s Office, citing the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko.

This figure includes about 210 children.

The President’s Office said the figures for the casualties of Russian forces in Mariupol is not final, since it is currently impossible to calculate their exact number. Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration added that corpses remain lying on the streets of the city amid constant fighting.

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The mayor of the city has also provided data on the extent of the destruction in Mariupol:

  • residential buildings: damaged — 2,340 (90%), of which with a direct hit — 1,560 (60%) and destroyed — 1,040 (40%);
  • detached house suburbs: damaged — 61,200 (90%), of which 40,800 (60%) — by direct hit and 27,200 (40%) — destroyed;
  • hospitals: damaged — 7 (90%), of them destroyed — 3 (40%);
  • polyclinics: damaged — 4 (90%), of them destroyed — 1 (40%);
  • maternity hospitals: damaged — 3 (100%), of them destroyed — 1 (40%);
  • universities: damaged — 7 (90%), of them destroyed — 3 (40%);
  • schools: damaged — 57 (90%), of which 23 (40%) were destroyed;
  • kindergartens: damaged — 70 (90%), of which 28 (40%) were destroyed.
  • factories — 2 (damaged);
  • port — 1 (damaged);
  • military unit 3057 (damaged);

Before the blockade of the city by the invaders, up to 140,000 residents managed to leave Mariupol. After the blockade started on March 1, 150,000 people were evacuated, of which 71,235 people left for the city of Zaporizhzhia, with the rest going to the surrounding villages.

Currently, 170,000 inhabitants of the city remain under siege.

On top of that, Russia also forcibly deported 30,000 Mariupol residents to its territory, subjecting people to loyalty checks in newly set up filtration camps.

Mariupol has been under siege since March 1. The city has no water, light, heat, and communications. Many cannot find relatives who remained in the city since the full-scale invasion of Russia and the blockade by the occupiers. Those killed who have no one to take care of their bodies are buried by public utility workers in mass graves.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he had asked the defenders of Mariupol to leave the city, but they had refused.

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