No humanitarian corridor for Mariupol

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Every morning, for weeks, Ukraine has announced that humanitarian corridors will open into a number of cities to bring in desperately needed supplies, and bring out civilians trapped by the fighting.

But by the end of each day, it’s a story of ceasefires which break in some places, of channels blocked by Russian bombardment.

And now the besieged southern city of Mariupol isn’t even included on this list – a place where shelling never stops, and residents have run out of water and food.

Russia offered a way out this week – but only if the city surrendered.

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In some parts of Ukraine, including around the capital Kyiv, Ukrainian forces are now recapturing areas.

But Russia is still attacking on frontlines, especially in the south where it wants to seize a land corridor between the Crimean Peninsula and eastern Ukraine, areas it’s controlled since 2014.

Infographic on southern port city of Mariupol

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