The United Nations has warned that up to 1,000 civilians are trapped in a steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, as Russia intensifies its attacks on the city. The plant is the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol, and the civilians trapped inside are running out of food and water.
The Azovstal steel plant is a sprawling complex of tunnels and bunkers that has been heavily damaged by Russian shelling. The civilians trapped inside are mostly women, children, and the elderly. They have been living in unsanitary conditions and have had little access to food and water.
The United Nations has called on Russia to allow a humanitarian corridor to be established so that the civilians trapped in the steel plant can be evacuated. However, Russia has so far refused to comply with this request.
The situation in Mariupol is dire, and the civilians trapped in the steel plant are in grave danger. The United Nations is urging Russia to allow them to be evacuated immediately.
Here are some additional details about the situation in Mariupol:
- The city has been under siege by Russian forces for over two months.
- The siege has caused a humanitarian crisis, with food, water, and electricity in short supply.
- Thousands of civilians have been killed in the fighting.
- The city is now largely in ruins.
The situation in Mariupol is a reminder of the human cost of war. The civilians trapped in the steel plant are just a few of the millions of people who have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine. The international community must do everything it can to help them.