In Mariupol the terrible story of the last foreign journalists

WAR IN UKRAINE – A little girl in unicorn pajamas, an 18-month-old baby who was shot in the head, a teenager who was massacred playing soccer… and a series of photos to break the most stubborn of hearts. This Thursday, March 17, as the invasion of Ukraine continues, three weeks after it was unleashed by Vladimir Putin, a heartbreaking story is being shared by all sides.

As a result of the work of Associated Press journalists Mystyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka, the last two on site, it tells the daily life of the city of Mariupol on the shore of the Azov Sea.

A martyred city where reporters tell of the mass graves, of the horror of a plane taking off, of parents devastated by the loss of a child. It is also proof that the Kremlin army is not only targeting military targets, despite Russian propaganda. But on the contrary.

Because what the AP journalists describe is that the Russians are repeating what they already did in Aleppo in Syria or in Grozny in Chechnya. A grueling siege likely to end in a ghost town and an unimaginable human toll. And where the victims are pregnant women and children broken in their sleep or innocence at a football game.


Between the nearby Russian border to the east, the deep waters of the Sea of ​​Azov to the south, the pro-Russian Donbass to the north, and annexed Crimea to the west, Mariupol residents have no one to rely on. On the contrary, as the strikes progress, hunger and thirst are felt a little more each day, and tragic deaths follow one another with frightening speed.

In the city, the theater was hit, to which thousands of people had taken refuge. Also maternity, like dwellings, arbitrarily targeted. Everyday life takes place without electricity and running water, with car radios and DIY grills with slag blocks from the rubble as the only companions amidst the disaster.

A barely tenable story that will be shared very widely this Thursday. And this is reflected in the testimonies of those who have managed to leave the city since the first days of the conflict. In the columns of Worldtwo survivors tell of their lives “hidden like rats”, undrinkable water and “the open air hell” that Mariupol has become.

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