Ukraine war: 120,000 civilians trapped in Mariupol, says Zelenskyy as evacuations halt
No residents could be evacuated from Mariupol on Thursday due to continuing Russian shelling of agreed-to humanitarian corridors, Ukraine's deputy PM said.
Ukraine's President Zelenskyy has said some 120,000 civilians are still trapped in the besieged port city. Just a handful of buses evacuating civilians arrived in Zaporizhzhia after leaving Mariupol earlier.
Vladimir Putin told Russian forces to lay siege to the last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol rather than storming the industrial site where they are holding out, "in such a way that not a single fly would pass".
Joe Biden says it is "questionable" that Russia controls the city, after Moscow said earlier that it had been "liberated".
The US president pledged $800 million (€737 million) in military aid for Ukraine, saying it is the 'frontline of freedom'. He also announced a ban on Russian ships from US ports.The Luhansk governor said Russian forces now control 80% of the region, which is one of two regions that make up the Donbas in eastern Ukraine.Estonia and Latvia recognised the Russian war in Ukraine as 'genocide'. Euronews' Valérie Gauriat has heard more testimony of Russian atrocities in Borodianka. Mark Zuckerberg and the US Vice President Kamala Harris have been sanctioned by Russia, in a tit-for-tat exchange with the US.
'No green corridors': Ukraine says Russian shelling halts Mariupol evacuationsNo residents could be evacuated from the encircled city of Mariupol on Thursday due to continuing Russian shelling of agreed-to humanitarian corridors, Ukrainian deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk said in a Telegram post on Thursday evening.
In the same post, Vereshchuk acknowledged that on Wednesday, a four-bus convoy was allowed to transport 79 civilians from Mariupol to Kyiv-controlled territory in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhia region - a development she said “gave her hope.”