More than 100,000 citizens remain in Mariupol
More than 100,000 citizens remain in the port city of Mariupol, Donetsk region. According to the Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, 45,000 residents were evacuated since the beginning of the occupation but more than 100,000 people remain in the city.
The number of civilian casualties in Mariupol is growing every day and exceeded 3,000 people as of March 21, 2022. There is a humanitarian catastrophe in the city. Some 3,007 residents were evacuated from Mariupol to Zaporizhia on March 21, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address released on Monday, March 21, 2022, that the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is being reduced to ashes by Russia’s military aggression but added that the city would survive. Mariupol, before the war was home to around 450,000 people, has been under almost constant attack from Russian forces since early March. Satellite images show significant destruction to residential areas.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on March 21, 2022, that “what’s happening in Mariupol is a massive war crime.”