Russia Forces Shelling Humanitarian Corridor — Ukraine

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said Russian forces have violated an agreed temporary ceasefire and are targeting a humanitarian corridor from the besieged city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian and Russian authorities had earlier agreed plans for a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to flee.

Temporary ceasefires in previous days were also violated.

The situation has become desperate in Mariupol, with shortages of food, water and electricity.

The Ukrainian president earlier said a child died of dehydration in the city due to the shortages.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said the humanitarian corridor in Mariupol was not opened “due to targeted shelling of goods and people by Russia”.

She said the situation meant women, children and elderly people were prevented from leaving – but it also meant critical goods such as water, basic medicines and food could not be sent to the city.

“It’s a humanitarian catastrophe that needs the attention of the whole world,” she said in a televised address.

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