Convoy Of Buses Stopped At Russian Checkpoint On Route To Mariupol

Russian forces have blocked a convoy of 45 buses from reaching Mariupol after a humanitarian corridor was claimed to be open, says Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuck.

The convoy has been stopped at a Russian checkpoint located in Berdyansk, located in Russian held territory 84km (43 miles) from the besieged city of Mariupol.

100,000 of the cities original 400,000 population has been trapped in the city now reduced to the husks of apartment blocks, shops, and churches.

As Russia continues to bombard the city, Russian soldiers have been taking Ukrainian civilians to Russian held territory north of the city and given the choice of going to Russia or the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR).

The city remains closed to entry an is very dangerous for those still trapped there and those trying to get out on foot or by car, says local militia.

It is not known what's happened to the buses or the people heading to Mariupol on them, but it has been confirmed that the food and medicine was looted by the Russians.

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