(The hill) – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his latest video that almost 100,000 people are trapped in Mariupol in “inhumane conditions.”
“No food, no water, no medicine. Under constant shelling, under constant bombing, ”Zielenski saidreports CNBC.
Zelensky noted that over the past week the country has been trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol and trying to evacuate the city’s residents.
“Unfortunately, almost all our attempts are thwarted by the Russian occupiers. By shelling or deliberate terror, ”he added.
Almost 50 to 100 Russian bombs hit Mariupol every day, according to The Wall Street Journal, resulting in 80 to 90 percent of the city being destroyed.
Earlier this week, Ukraine rejected Russia’s requests to surrender Mariupol, and Ukrainian troops were able to successfully destroy a Russian patrol boat, the “Journal”.
Despite this win, Russia continued to beat Mariupol, gaining control of two metallurgical plants in the city.
“Russian troops are turning Mariupol into ruins, killing Mariupol residents and bombing factories,” said the plant’s owner, metallurgical tycoon Rinat Akhmetov, the Journal reported. “In no case will these plants operate under Russian occupation.”
However, Zelensky said on Tuesday that “very difficult” talks were under way between Ukraine and Russia.
“Step by step we are moving forward,” he said, according to CNBC.