Mariupol Hospital staff raises the alarm: ‘The Russians are being held hostage’

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Hospital staff in Mariupol, a port city in southern Ukraine that has been besieged for weeks, said they were being held hostage by Russian forces. “We can’t leave.”

GVsourceKyiv Independent, BBC

Days after a deadly air strike on a children’s hospital in Mariupol, the port city where hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity, running water, heating and adequate food, Russian soldiers are now targeting the city’s largest hospital. They first carried out an air raid on it, but the doctors and nursing staff moved to the basement with the patients for further management and to receive the necessary care.

Soldiers stormed the hospital and are said to have prevented hospital staff and patients from leaving the building. “We have information that the Russian army has captured our largest hospital,” said Deputy Mayor Sergei Orlov. “They are using our patients and doctors as hostages.”

In addition, according to Pavlo Kirienko, the governor of Donetsk Oblast, about 400 people from neighboring houses were taken to the hospital, where they will also be held hostage. †We can’t get out of hereThey told me.” Share on Facebook some quotes from a hospital employee. “They’re shooting, we’re in the basement. Cars have not been able to reach the hospital for two days. There are fires too.”

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