The leader of the self-declared separatist region in Donetsk, Denis Pushlin, says he expects his forces to besiege the coastal city of Mariupol on Tuesday, adding in a television interview that the town of Volnovaka – which is located halfway between Mariupol and Donetsk. – He was almost completely surrounded.
“Our task today is to encircle Mariupol,” he said.
Pushlin claimed without providing any evidence that nationalist elements in Mariupol were terrorizing the civilian population and using them as human shields. The city has a population of about 400,000 people.
Separately, the deputy head of the Donetsk People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin, said that the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), along with Russian forces, will organize humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave Mariupol.
He said the lanes will be open until Wednesday.
Basurin said several towns in the area had already fallen into the hands of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) militia.
Vadim Boychenko, the mayor of Mariupol, said on Ukrainian television that residential areas were bombed for five days – with heavy artillery, missiles and aircraft.
“There are many wounded and dead locals, women and children.”
But today, the best compatriots on the borders of our city are doing everything, so as not to abandon Mariupol,” said Boychenko.
They destroyed important infrastructure, there is no electricity in the city, there is no heating. We are fighting for [the] The last bullet.”