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Mariupol, Ukraine, officials warn that ‘strong and deadly epidemics could spread soon’

Mariupol, Ukraine, officials warn that 'strong and deadly epidemics could spread soon'

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Mariupol City Council warned on Wednesday that “strong and deadly epidemics could soon spread in the city” as conditions became increasingly unsanitary with each passing day. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a post on Telegram, officials said that about 100,000 Mariupol residents “are at mortal danger not only from the bombing, but also from unbearable living conditions and unsanitary conditions” – naming in particular cholera, dysentery and E. coli infection.

“The occupiers are not able to provide the current residents with food, water and medicine. Or they are not interested in that,” Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko said on Thursday. “They are blocking all attempts to evacuate. Without that, people will die,” he added.

A truck passes near a theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday, April 27.

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Also on Thursday, the governor of the Donetsk region claimed that Russia does not allow wounded Ukrainian fighters to leave the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol because it wants to arrest them, Reuters reports.

“that they [want to] Seize the opportunity to capture the defenders of Mariupol, one of the main defenders [elements] And among them … the Azov regiment ”, according to what was reported.

A destroyed tank and a damaged apartment building in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, April 26.

A destroyed tank and a damaged apartment building in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, April 26.

“Therefore, the Russian side does not agree to measures to evacuate the wounded,” he added [Ukrainian] He added.

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Local women gather at the entrance to a destroyed apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, April 26.

Local women gather at the entrance to a destroyed apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Tuesday, April 26.

The developments come as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who has been pushing for safe evacuations this week in Mariupol – meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine occupied its sixty-fourth day.