The Russian military has encircled the East Ukrainian city of Mauripol and began its advance in to the city last night.  Local officials have reported hundreds of deaths in just the last day and have described the indiscriminate shelling of the city as a ‘full scale genocide’.

The Daily Mail Reports

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“Russia has today stepped up its attacks on Ukraine’s major cities as officials in Mariupol said a ‘full-scale genocide’ was underway as Putin’s men unleashed a 15-hour artillery barrage while Kharkiv also came under heavy bombardment in a dark sign of what could be to come in the capital Kyiv.

Mariupol, located in the south of Ukraine on the Black Sea, has been surrounded by Russian forces and struck by artillery in an apparent attempt to bomb the city into submission as Putin’s men resort to ‘medieval’ tactics. Sergiy Orlov, the deputy mayor, said entire districts had been levelled with such heavy barrages that medics cannot get in to retrieve the dead.

‘We are near to a humanitarian catastrophe,’ he said. ‘Russian forces are several kilometers away on all sides,’ he added. ‘The Ukrainian army is brave and they will continue to defend the city, but Russia does not fight with their army, they just destroy districts… We are in a terrible situation.”

Human rights monitors have already predicted widespread human rights violations in the offensive on Mauripol as a large contingent of Chechen soldiers, who are known for their disregard for human rights, are a part of the invasion force.  The Azov Battalion, which committed human rights violations against citizens in the Donbass and has far-right Nazi affiliations is also present on the Ukrainian side.

 

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