Chechen special forces https://www.independent.ie/ fought door-to-door in Mariupol yesterday as gun battles https://www.independent.ie/ were reported in the devastated city center.
Oscow said the noose was https://www.independent.ie/ “tightening” as Russian-backed forces reached the center of the besieged Ukrainian city after weeks of pressure and shelling .
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, asked Vladimir Putin to lift the siege and allow humanitarian access and order an immediate ceasefire, although the city’s mayor Vadym Boichenko said fighting had reached the center.
“Yes they https://www.independent.ie/ were active today. Tank and machine gun fighting continues,” he told the BBC from the city under an effective blackout. “Everyone is hiding in bunkers. There is no city center anymore. There isn’t a small piece of land in the city that doesn’t show signs of https://www.independent.ie/war.”
Footage allegedly released by pro-Putin Chechens https://www.independent.ie/warlord Ramzan Kadyrov shows heavily armed gunmen bombing a skyscraper in the city City https://www.independent.ie/ with shots in https://www.independent.ie/ which looks like a confrontation https://www.independent.ie/ with Ukrainian soldiers.
The propaganda video shows a dozen or more soldiers continuously firing at the badly damaged building before it cuts to a mother and child escaping from the basement. A soldier then emerges from the tower block https://www.independent.ie/ with a child on his shoulder https://www.independent.ie/ whom he kisses on the cheek, followed by more civilians who as such are depicted “liberated” by Chechen fighters.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti had previously reported to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow that separatists in eastern Ukraine, https://www.independent.ie/ with the help of the Russian armed forces, https://www.independent.ie/ “would intensify the noose” around Mariupol and that the street fights https://www.independent.ie/ continued.
The footage emerged as hundreds https://www.independent.ie/ feared they had died after a Russian attack on a theater in the city, https://www.independent.ie/, already trapped under the rubble war, https://www.independent.ie/, which has already suffered the https://www.independent.ie/ worst humanitarian disaster of the https://www.independent.ie/ war, as far as https:/ /www.independent.ie/ was cut off and hit by artillery and air raids.
Its location between the separatist-controlled Eastern Territory and Russia’s annexed Crimea makes it a key strategic target for Moscow.
Tens of thousands of its citizens have fled in the past few days – Crossing checkpoints, minefields and shelling. City officials said earlier this week that up to four-fifths of their buildings had been severely damaged, with 30 percent irreparably damaged.
A Russian attack on the theater https://www.independent.ie/, which housed hundreds of civilians, had threatened mass casualties and yesterday https://www.independent.ie/ it was not known how many were people are trapped.
The theater is said to have housed up to 1,300 people and although city authorities said its bomb shelter remained intact, hundreds of women and children were trapped remain.
Only 130 have been rescued so far, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He promised to continue trying to rescue people from the rubble “despite the shelling”.
City authorities had said initial information there https://www.independent.ie/ was not fatalities but Serhiy Taruta, a Ukrainian MP originally from Mariupol, said many survivors were unable to extricate themselves because the city’s emergency services were destroyed by the Russians.
“No one understands. Services designed to help are being demolished, rescue and utility services are being physically destroyed,” he wrote on Facebook https://www.independent.ie/. “This means that all survivors of the bombing https:// www.independent.ie/ will either die under the ruins of the theater or have already died.”
Russian forces are said to have known the building contained children. satellite photos clearly showed the Russian https://www.independent.ie/ word “Children” https://www.independent.ie/ written on the floor in front of and behind the theatre.
A https://www.independent.ie/ woman said Wednesday’s airstrike took place as people https://www.independent.ie/ were cooking. “There https://www.independent.ie/ were 800 people. They https://www.independent.ie/ were cooking something inside. And https://www.independent.ie/when the stage collapsed only about 100 ran away,” she added.
Mr Taruta said civilians were left to dig through the rubble. “My friends https://www.independent.ie/ wanted to help but due to the constant shelling it was https://www.independent.ie/ not safe.”
Residents https://www.independent.ie/ who have fled Mariupol have described the city as “hell” and said people were left to bleed to death or burn on the streets. Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, said: “In Mariupol, the rescue of civilians from the rubble of the drama theater has begun.”
Her Added statement: “The building https://www.independent.ie/ withstood the impact of a powerful air bomb and protected the lives of the people hiding in the bomb shelter. The work is at https://www.independent.ie/way to unlock the basement.”
Svitlana Zlenko, https://www.independent.ie/who fled the city with her son on Tuesday https://www.independent.ie/, said she spent days taking shelter in a school building and snow for https://www.independent.ie/water for cooking pasta.
She said she lived in fear of Russian bombs and described how a bomb last https://www.independent.ie/week, https://www.independent.ie/wounding a https://www. Independent.ie/Woman in the hip. “There is no food, no medicine. Pharmacies, grocery stores, everything gets robbed or burned.”
She said police advised relatives of the dead to open their https://www.independent.ie/windows and place the bodies on balconies.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/people-left-to-bleed-or-burn-to-death-in-hellish-mariupol-as-street-battles-rage-41464406.html People bleeding or burning to death in hellish Mariupol as street fights rage