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Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

Civilians must be allowed safe passage out of dire conditions in Mariupol

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The city of Mariupol is among the areas now heavily affected by the war in Ukraine. Multiple staff members of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are sheltering in the city with their families. One staff member gave the following account today:

“The situation is the same as in recent days. Last night the shelling was harder and closer. We collected snow and rain water yesterday to have some water. We tried to get free water today but the queue was huge. We also wanted to get bread [from social organisations] but it is not clear what is the schedule and where are the places of distribution.”

“According to people, multiple grocery stores were destroyed by missiles and the remaining things were taken by people in desperate need. There is still no power, water, heating or mobile connection. No one has heard about any evacuation yet. Pharmacies are out of medicine,” our staff member concludes.

Civilians must not be trapped in a war zone. People seeking safety must be able to do so, without fear of violence. Christine Jamet, MSF director of operations

Christine Jamet, MSF director of operations, today called for safe routes to allow civilians to flee from Mariupol, including MSF staff and their families. People are now effectively trapped in Mariupol, where the war arrived so suddenly that many could not even flee.

“Civilians must not be trapped in a war zone,” said Jamet. “People seeking safety must be able to do so, without fear of violence.”

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