A ‘worst-case scenario’ awaits hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, facing starvation or death unless a concrete humanitarian agreement is reached urgently, the Red Cross said on Sunday. .
“Hundreds of thousands of city residents now face extreme or total shortages of basic necessities like food, water and medicine,” said a statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). ).
“Corpses, civilians and combatants, remain trapped under the rubble or lie in the open where they fell,” the statement added.
He said life-changing injuries and chronic, debilitating conditions cannot be treated.
“The human suffering is simply immense,” said the Red Cross.
“People of all ages, including our staff, are sheltering in unheated basements, risking their lives to run short errands outside for food and water,” the ICRC said. .
Refugees continue to pour in from Ukraine, and the latest figure recorded by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is over 2.69 million.
The Ukrainian army said on Saturday: “Enemy troops have captured the eastern outskirts of Mariupol.”
– Humanitarian imperatives
“We call on all parties involved in the fighting to prioritize humanitarian imperatives,” said ICRC President Peter Maurer.
“Residents of Mariupol have endured a life and death nightmare for weeks. This must end now. Their safety and access to food, water and shelter must be guaranteed,” Maurer added.
Sasha Volkov, ICRC head of operations in Mariupol, said: “The noise of war is constant. Buildings are hit and shrapnel is flying everywhere. This is the situation that every inhabitant of the city faces.
The ICRC has said that to alleviate the misery and prevent further tragedies, a concrete, precise and workable agreement is needed without delay so that civilians who wish to leave can find safety and that vital aid reaches those who cannot. not escape or want to stay.