The volunteer driving to Mariupol to save civilians
22 May 2022 | 5:38 am
For weeks, thousands of civilians were stuck in Ukraine's port city of Mariupol. Official efforts to evacuate them kept running into obstacles. DW's Mathias Bölinger spoke to one volunteer who risked his life to rescue those trapped in the city.
"My heart breaks when I see the destruction": evacuated Mariupol resident Maria Sirychenko
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'My heart breaks when I see the destruction': evacuated Mariupol resident Maria Sirychenko
Officials said the theater's bomb shelter, where hundreds of civilians had been hiding when an airstrike hit, withstood the attack. Survivors are believed to be trapped underneath.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says "hundreds" who sheltered in a theater in Mariupol are still trapped. Meanwhile, more than two million refugees have now crossed into Poland.
The besieged city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine had over 400,000 inhabitants before the war. Many are still there and making do with little food and water. Those who can are leaving, but even this is dangerous.
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The city of Mariupol has been subjected to constant Russian bombardment since the beginning of the war. DW correspondent Rebecca Ritters met one doctor who spent 25 days and nights helping the injured in the city until she, too, took the chance to flee.
There are calls from the US and Britain for an investigation after Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov regiment were reportedly injured by a "poisonous substance" during a Russian attack on the port city of Mariupol. No evidence has yet been gathered. The UK foreign secretary says it would be "a callous escalation" of the war. The Pentagon says it's "deeply concerning". Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has already expressed his fears that Russia could deploy chemical weapons in his country.
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