Mariupol mayor Vadym Boychenko said the circumstances in the city have become dire and that civilians are “begging” to be saved amid Russia’s war on Ukraine.
“There, it’s not a matter of days. It’s a matter of hours,” Boychenko said.
This comes as the Ukrainian military continues its fight to mitigate Russian efforts to advance in the southern and eastern regions of the country. Russia is attempting to secure Ukraine’s industrial Donbas region.
People in some cities in the eastern European country have heard artillery fire, sirens and explosions. Yet, a senior U.S. defense official told The AP that the Russian attack is slower than anticipated due in part to the…