the key southeastern ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov was left without electricity following attacks by Russian forces in progressionthe head of Donetsk region Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Tuesday.
“Mariupol and Volnovakha are ours!” Kyrylenko wrote on Facebook. “Both cities are under pressure from the enemy but they hold on. In Mariupol, the power lines were cut and the city is without power.”
The mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine, said Tuesday morning that the southern port city was under constant bombardment, which had killed civilians and damaged infrastructure, as Russia began the day six of son invasion.
“We had residential areas bombed for five days. They beat us with the artillery, they bombard us with GRADS they knock us with air forces,” said Vadym Boichenko in a live broadcast on Ukrainian television.
“We have damaged civilian infrastructure – schools, houses. There are a lot of injuries. There are women, children killed,” he said.
Metinvest BV, the most grand Ukrainian steelmaker, holds the most of its facilities located in Mariupol where it stopped production. The company sent most of the workers home while reduced guaranteed shifts equipment did not break down.
Ukraine second-most grand city of Kharkov also fell under the weight of the attackthe regional administration head noted on On Tuesday, as an adviser to the country’s president said Russia was deliberately bombing cities to sow panic among Ukrainians.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that he says is not designed occupy a territory but destroy that of son southern neighbor military abilities and capture what he sees as dangerous nationalists.
A Russian-backed separatist leader in eastern Ukraine said its forces aimed to encircle the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on Tuesday, RIA news the agency said.
“Task for today is directly encircle Mariupol,” he said, quoting Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin, in a television interview.