Breaking News: Mariupol Evacuees: ‘We Sat In The Cellar For 10 Days’


Evacuees from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol have been speaking of the devastation wrought on their hometown after weeks of heavy Russian bombardment.

“There is no Mariupol,” Lyudmyla, a 54-year-old English teacher, tells Reuters news agency, as she arrives in Zaporizhzhia, about 250km (155 miles) away.”We sat in the cellar for 10 days and did not leave once. We neither had water nor electricity.”

Lyudmyla says she “really misses” the children she used to teach. “I can’t imagine what to do now.”

Another evacuee, Sergiy, 44, says he travelled from Mariupol with his family, dog and parrot. People were “fighting for fuel” to escape the city, he tells Reuters.

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Image caption: Sergiy says there were dead bodies lying in the streets

Sergiy says people had died trying to leave Mariupol.

“There were lots of people dying on the streets, dead bodies were lying in the streets.”

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