The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine tweeted on Monday that Russian forces have turned the besieged city of Mariupol “into dust.” “While Mariupol besieged and bombed, people fight to survive. The humanitarian situation in the city is catastrophic. Russian Armed Forces is turning the city into dust,” the ministry tweeted. Mariupol is the main obstacle preventing Russia from connecting Crimea to the two self-proclaimed “people’s republic” in the eastern Donbas region. Russia has focused its efforts on taking Donbas since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “new phase” in the war. British military intelligence said on Monday that Russian forces had gained ground in the vicinity of Mariupol.
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