LIVE in Mariupol: Civilians fleeing town near Kyiv shot dead

LIVE in Mariupol: Civilians fleeing town near Kyiv shot dead

Reports from BBC confirms that Russia is on the offence in Mariupol, shelling civilians and military personnels.

We’ve been reporting on civilians fleeing the town of Irpin, north-west of Kyiv, to escape terrifying Russian bombardment.

It’s now reported that at least three people have been killed by Russian mortar shells targeting a damaged bridge that residents have been using to try and escape.

The New York Times reports that three members of the same family were killed. The newspaper says that small groups were making a run for it across a section of exposed road, and being helped by Ukrainian soldiers to reach cover.

The Mariupol City Council, which announced a ceasefire and fresh evacuation attempt this morning, has now confirmed that the plans have been aborted.

It says Russian shelling has made the safe evacuation of civilians impossible.

The city is now in its fifth day with no water, no power, no sanitation, and food and drinking water are fast running out.

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