Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the situation in Mariupol, where the siege by Russian troops in Ukraine continues, is dire and that residents are living under the risk of epidemic diseases.
Addressing the General Assembly at the 50th Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet emphasized that UN personnel could not access many places in Ukraine, including Mariupol, due to the war.
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Underlining that they were informed about the situation in Mariupol through interviews with civilians who had to leave the city, Bachelet said: “According to the information we received, the shelling has decreased, but the residents who remain in the shattered city are unable to meet their urgent needs, including medical treatment.”
Stating that the situation in Mariupol is dire, Bachelet said, “There are reports that the risk of epidemics, including cholera, is increasing in the region. Many people have no shelter and those living in damaged apartments cannot meet their needs such as water, electricity and natural gas.”
1348 civilians lost their lives in Mariupol
Bachelet emphasized that Mariupol has been the deadliest place since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24 and said, “The point where the clashes, destruction and loss of life have reached is an indication of a gross violation of international human rights law.”
According to UN data, 90 percent of the houses in Mariupol under siege have been damaged, while more than 350 thousand people have had to leave the city due to the clashes so far.
While 1348 civilians lost their lives in Mariupol as a result of Russian attacks, 70 of the casualties were children.