A survivor of the Mariupol inferno is scouring the city, but is still in shock after the Russians took control of almost the entire settlement, except for the Azovstal plant.
Residents of Mariupol ate outside the devastated apartment blocks on Sunday, as Russian forces continued to bombard the Azovstal steelworks in the city.
Natalya worked in another steel plant, the Ilici plant. She climbed the burned stairs of her house, pointing to the bombing disaster.
“I was in the kitchen when the smoke came out. I started carrying my belongings, saving everything I could. That is the result of what happened, “she said.
Even though she is a survivor of the shock fighting in Mariupol, her neighbors did not suffer the same fate.
She said three of her neighbors were killed in the fighting, but survivors in her building were unable to finish burying the bodies as the bombing continued.
The remaining residents of that house spent several days in a basement fighting the fire to prevent it from igniting, Natalya said.
Once the last source of water disappeared, the inhabitants collected and filtered the rainwater themselves.
She did not know what to do next, she told Reuters.
As the war in Ukraine continues, much of the port city of Mariupol is in ruins, and humanitarian agencies say thousands have lost hope. Those who failed to leave the city spoke to Reuters about the horrors they endured.
Bombed buildings, piles of rubble and makeshift graves. This is what the lives of those left behind in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol look like. A terrible reality that the international community hopes to get rid of soon.
Mariupol City Hall estimates that more than 100,000 people are in “danger of death” in the city, many of them hoping to be evacuated safely.
For weeks, those who failed to leave, such as Viktoria Nikolayeva, took refuge underground while Russian forces attacked the cities.
The 54-year-old woman told Reuters about the moment when she thought it might be the last one for her and her family.
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