In the besieged city of Mariupol, people were forced to drink water from radiators and kill pets, a Ukrainian MP said.
Mytro Gurin said Vladimir Putin’s “goal is to trigger hunger”.
He said the 250,000 people who remain in the city live in damaged buildings and basements.
“People live in half-ruined buildings or basements. People drink water from the radiator system. We already have information that people are starting to kill their animals like cats and dogs,” he said.
“Putin’s goal is to foment hunger in Mariupol because he needs this leverage for diplomatic processes.”
Mr. Gurin is currently in Kyiv, but he is originally from Mariupol and his family is still there.
He said he hasn’t heard from his family in recent days, but he “understands they are alive.”
“Last I heard from them they were living with their friends because they built their house, it’s a nine-story building that I lived and grew up in for 15 years and it was totally destroyed, it’s been demolished several times shot down by tanks,” he told RTÉ’s Drivetime.
Mr. Gurin said that 30 percent of the buildings in Mariupol are completely destroyed and another 50 percent are damaged beyond repair.
“We can’t just restore it, we have to build a city from scratch,” he said of his assessment of the damage to his hometown.
“There are 200 apartments in this building and it burned down completely, and the next building also burned down completely. My whole neighborhood where I grew up is completely devastated,” he said.
“It is estimated that 30 percent of all buildings across the city are destroyed and 50 percent are badly damaged and cannot be restored at all.”
Mr Gurin said Mariupol residents lived in “medieval conditions”.
“We have to build this city from scratch, there is no heating, electricity, water, gas, food supply, medicine supply, it’s medieval conditions,” he said.
“It’s not us who are killing people in Mariupol, and it’s not us who are forcibly taking people to Mariupol to the concentration camps that the Russians say are recovery centers.”
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko has announced a new 35-hour curfew for the Ukrainian capital from March 21.
Mr Gurin said curfews are now “just a part of life” for people in Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
“Usually when we have some operational information, the city council announces a curfew. It helps us be better prepared so our defense units can prepare for possible attacks, so it’s just a part of life now,” he said.
“It’s very convenient for us now, for you it’s very unimaginable what’s going on here, but we’ve already gotten used to it.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/ukrainians-forced-to-drink-water-from-radiators-and-kill-pets-for-food-in-mariupol-41472361.html Ukrainians are forced to “drink water from radiators and kill pets for food” in Mariupol.