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“When the enemy bombs cities, many buildings turn very quickly into cold traps without heat, without light, without water,” Shevchuk said from the besieged Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
The major archbishop expressed concern that “a humanitarian catastrophe is beginning” in Ukrainian cities that have been surrounded by Russian forces.
“Our thoughts are with Mariupol, Volnovakha, Kherson. The enemy is blocking and besieging large cities and is not giving the residents an opportunity to leave the city, does not give an opportunity to deliver food, and from above fly enemy bombs that sow death," he said.
In the port city of Mariupol in the south of the Donetsk region, residents who have not fled the city have been without heat, electricity, or water for three days, the BBC reported
Russian troops who surround the city of half a million people have made it nearly impossible to bring in medicines and other critical supplies, though Russia’s Defense Ministry announced a brief “cease-fire” for this purpose early Saturday morning, according to the New York Times.
“Today I would like to support and address those who can truly help these people at the international level,” Shevchuk said.
“May humanitarian corridors be created. May there be green corridors of life so that the peaceful population might pass to safe places and humanitarian convoys might bring those people food, warmth, and human solidarity.”
Shevchuk pointed out that Kharkiv, an industrial city of nearly 1.5 million people in northeastern Ukraine, has been receiving quite a bit of snowfall as Ukrainian forces fight to defend the city from the Russian military.
“Our thoughts were with Kharkiv, where almost 20 cm of snow fell, but during the night there were again heard the sounds of enemy aviation and once more enemy bombs carrying death and--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ukrainianradioprogram/support