Mariupol Diabetics, cancer patients dying from drug shortages: Mayor

Officials in the city of Mariupol said Russian occupation forces are cutting off supplies of life-saving and life-saving medicines, worsening what Ukrainian officials and others have called a humanitarian crisis for the war-torn city.

The Mariupol City Council said in a Telegram post on Monday that its residents are dying from a “shortage of medicines for cancer patients, people with diabetes, tuberculosis and problems with the thyroid gland.” It is the latest warning from Ukrainian officials about the desperate conditions facing civilians in the strategically vital city.

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said in the post that people who rely on medicine to treat illnesses “are at risk and cannot wait for the occupants to deliver medicine. Their lives are in danger.”

“After all, for more than two months, the Russian invaders and their agents, the self-proclaimed Mariupol authorities, have blocked residents’ normal access to clean water, a sufficient amount of food and medicine,” he said.

People queue at a food distribution organized by volunteers in the city of Mariupol on July 3, 2022, amid ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine. The city’s mayor said residents are now facing a shortage of medicine.
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The Sea of ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov port city saw some of the heaviest fighting in the conflict as Russian forces sought to establish Mariupol as a foothold that would allow them to advance into the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Russian forces declared victory over the city in May.

Boychenko said in the post that a day earlier, a healthy athlete who was nearly 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 265 pounds had both legs amputated after an “insulin crisis” brought on by the stress of stocks. military.

“Due to the lack of necessary medicines and proper medical support in the city, he became a disabled person,” Boychenko said. “And this is not an isolated case. Instead of high-quality drug treatment: amputation of limbs.”

Boychenko urged the international community to assess what he called the city’s “humanitarian disaster” and the “genocide of its residents.”

The alarm from the mayor of Mariupol comes a week after Alexander Motuzyanyk, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, said the city was running low on its supply of food and other essential goods as Russian forces blocked deliveries.

Ukrainian officials have previously accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians in its efforts to take the city, which Moscow has denied.

Ihor Kuzin, Ukraine’s top state health doctor, warned last month that mass burials in the city coupled with water shortages could spread cholera.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded on Monday that 4,889 civilians in Ukraine have been killed and another 6,263 injured since the conflict broke out in February.

“OHCHR believes that the true figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some places where intense hostilities have occurred has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration,” the agency said in its update.

Those areas, according to the OHCHR, include Mariupol and parts of eastern Ukraine that have seen heavy fighting.

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