Ukrainian authorities: At least 2,500 people have died in the Mariupol siege

Mariupol - UkrainePhoto: AP Photo / Evgeniy Maloletka

According to Ukrainian authorities, at least 2,500 people have died in the Russian siege of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

The figure has been confirmed by Oleksiy Arestovich, adviser to the Ukrainian president, who says he has the figures from the local authorities in Mariupol, Sky News writes.

Arestovich also accused Russia of preventing humanitarian aid from reaching Mariupol on Sunday. Several attempts to evacuate civilians from the city have failed.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reports that as of Sunday, they have confirmed 596 civilian deaths across Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine more than two weeks ago. 

“Most of the civilian deaths were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide range of impact, including heavy artillery, rockets, and airstrikes,” the OHCHR noted.

Russia continues to deny that it is targeting civilians.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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