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Ukraine War || Escape From Ukraine: The Situation For Refugees Continues To Worsen

The Russian bombardments make an escape from Ukraine more and more dangerous. Aid organizations warn that the supply of hospitals is also deteriorating.

The situation of the civilian population in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, especially in the embattled cities. There are said to be a new attempt today for escape corridors from Kiev and the besieged port city of Mariupol, among others. 

"There is no street without broken windows, destroyed apartments or houses," says the city council on the current situation in Mariupol. The city is without electricity, water and gas. Mariupol is near the so-called line of contact between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army in the Donetsk region. The city is strategically important.

According to local authorities, more than ten people, including children, were killed in airstrikes on the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy. "In some towns, residential buildings were bombed. And almost in the center of Sumy, several houses were destroyed by a bomb hit," said the head of the regional administration, Dmytro Shyvytskyi. The information was not independently verified. 

Medical care causes problems

From the point of view of the organization Doctors Without Borders, the war in Ukraine is making it increasingly difficult to help the injured. The care of the hospitals is no longer guaranteed as well as before the fighting began, said the managing director of the aid organization, Christian Katzener. In Odessa, for example, the supply of food collapsed. "Important medicines can no longer simply be ordered."

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Doctors Without Borders has several teams in Ukraine, for example in the capital Kiev as well as in Mariupol and Odessa. But effective help is still difficult, saidkatzer. "At the moment the situation in many areas of Ukraine is still so confusing that it's not really possible to work."

Situation in Lviv worsens

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv has become a haven for around 200,000 people fleeing bomb and rocket attacks, Mayor Andriy Sadovy said in a statement. People get hot food and everything they need. "This is an extremely heavy burden for the city and today we are at the limit of our capabilities," he warned.

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He asked all international organizations for help. "We need your support, we need your direct participation here in Lviv," Sadovy said. Large tents with sanitary facilities and cooking facilities would be needed. In addition, children who are "perhaps going through the most difficult days of their lives" would have to be looked after. 

Negotiation of escape corridors

Despite the suffering of populations in embattled Ukrainian cities, escape corridors remain uncertain. According to its UN Ambassador Serhiy Kyslytsia, Russia today offered another ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors in Ukraine. Vasily Nebensia told the UN Security Council that humanitarian corridors in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol should be opened in the morning.

As with the offer the day before, the Russian Ministry of Defense spoke of a subsequent transport to Russia. However, the Ukrainian government refuses to take the population out of the cities only via the escape routes to Russia or Belarus proposed by Russia.

So far, several attempts to establish escape routes from embattled cities have failed. In Mariupol there had already been two attempts to evacuate the city. However, the cease-fire required for this was not observed on both Saturday and Sunday. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of violating the agreed ceasefire.

1.7 million people on the run

Meanwhile, fighting in Ukraine continues. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia continues to concentrate soldiers and military equipment on the fronts in Kiev, Mariupol in the south and Kharkiv in the northeast. According to this, the Russian forces suffered losses while trying to take the city of Izyum in the east of the country. "The occupiers terrified the city and bombed civilian facilities and infrastructure," the general staff said.

According to the UN, the war in Ukraine has now forced more than 1.7 million people to flee. According to the latest information from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at least 406 civilians have been killed so far. However, the bureau emphasized that the actual figure is likely to be "much higher".

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