Mariupol City Council says residents are starving to death, as the Ukrainian port city remains under Russian occupation.
In a message on Telegram, the council explained there have been "more and more deaths from starvation" and said Russian invaders have no compassion for the residents still there.
"I haven't eaten in two days. Weakness. I can't leave the city on foot. It's good that there is a little water," people in the port city in Ukraine's southeast have apparently said, according to the council.
The council said people are starving because people cannot get food supplies and humanitarian efforts are being quashed by Russian forces.
"More and more deaths from starvation. More and more people are left without any food supplies," Mariupol City Council said.
"And all attempts to launch a large-scale humanitarian operation to save the people of Mariupol are blocked by the Russian side.
"Because the occupiers are not interested in people and their destinies."
⚡️#Mariupol City Council calls for help as residents begin to die from starvation.
More and more people are left without any food while multiple attempts to create humanitarian corridors and to provide aid have failed as #Russian troops continue to violate ceasefire agreements.
— Ukraine Update 🇺🇦 (@Ukrain_War) March 25, 2022
City reaches its "limit"
Mariupol lies between Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern areas held by Russian-backed separatists. People have been confined to their basements, sheltering from Russian bombardment, running low on food, water and medicine, with no power.
Just days ago Ukrainian leaders accused Russia of seizing 15 rescue workers and drivers from a humanitarian convoy trying to get desperately needed food and other supplies into the besieged port city of Mariupol.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian forces of blocking the aid convoy despite agreeing to the route ahead of time in his address to the nation on Tuesday night.
On Telegram, Mariupol City Council thanked those who were trying to provide assistance.
"In an environment where centralised mass evacuation is not possible, we see hundreds and thousands of inspired examples of mutual assistance," the Telegram post said.
"We are grateful to the volunteers and caring people who help to take Mariupol residents out of the zone of active hostilities every day."
Mariupol now. A former beautiful city of 450,000 people who lived in peace before the arrival of the Russian army. Russians will have to answer for everything#RussianWarCrimes pic.twitter.com/9kFsxLwGvD
— Oleksandra Matviichuk (@avalaina) March 23, 2022
However, the council said it has reached its "limit", saying tougher sanctions against Russia were needed, as is aid for Ukrainian forces.
"To save hundreds of thousands of people in Mariupol. Save from hell and the endless circle of bullying. Save all other cities of our country from the terrible fate of Mariupol," the council said.
The city has also come under naval attack after weeks of air and land strikes and Mr Zelensky estimated 100,000 civilians remained in Mariupol.
Those that made it out described a shattered city with bodies lying in the streets.
"They bombed us for the past 20 days," said 39-year-old Viktoria Totsen, who fled into Poland.
"During the last five days, the planes were flying over us every five seconds and dropped bombs everywhere — on residential buildings, kindergartens, art schools, everywhere."
Earlier this week it was reported, thousands of Mariupol residents were allegedly deported to Russia "illegally" over the course of several days.
Euromaiden Press reported the residents were "taken to filtration camps" and had their phones and documents inspected, some were taken to remote cities in Russia.
However, the fate of many was "unknown".
With Associated Press and Reuters
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