Mariupol residents forced to pretend to be Russian invaders, says mayor's adviser

14 April, 07:13 PM
The Russian occupiers captured some areas of Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

The Russian occupiers captured some areas of Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

The Russian invaders are forcing residents of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to stick a white arm band as a sign of "their own," Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the Mariupol mayor, reported via Telegram messenger on April 14.

"Thus, the Russians are actually once again using the civilian population as 'bait' for our snipers and soldiers,” he said.

“Because this is exactly the sign used by the Russian army and can be mistaken for a real enemy.”

Andriushchenko added that the invaders were introducing special permits to move around the city.

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"We're clarifying this, but in combination with their “own” special signs, all this is reminiscent of actual segregation, and the transformation of Mariupol into a real ghetto for Ukrainians - following in the footsteps of the Nazis in Lviv and Poland. It's not even surprising anymore," Andriushchenko said.

Mariupol has been under siege since March 1. The city is cut off from water, electricity, heat, and cell service. Many people have been unable to find their relatives, who have remained in the city during the full-scale Russian invasion. Those dead, who have no one to bury, are buried in mass graves by communal services. There are also graves in courtyards and on city streets.

Some districts of Mariupol are under control of the Russian invaders. They're shelling the city from land, air, and sea.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the defense of Mariupol allows Ukrainian troops to hold their positions in the east of the country, thanks to which Ukraine has a stronger position in negotiations with Russia.

About 100,000 civilians are left in the city, and they cannot evacuate due to Russia's actions. The invaders have not stopped shelling, even after agreements on humanitarian corridors. Some Mariupol residents are being forcibly deported to the so-called "DPR" or Russia.

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