AP video shows tank and sniper fire in besieged Mariupol – WSOC TV

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — (AP) — A tank emblazoned with a giant Z backs awkwardly through the besieged city of Mariupol, crashing into destroyed buses before dropping a shell. Ukrainian fighters then destroyed it, winning a small victory.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed tank fire at a 9-story building and was among a group of medical workers who came under sniper fire Friday in the city completely surrounded by Russian soldiers.

The video he shot shows shells exploding as they hit the building, already badly damaged, setting the balconies on fire. It could not be said whether the Russian positions first received fire from the targeted locations.

At another time, a medical worker was hit in the hip by sniper fire. She survived, but conditions in the hospital were deteriorating. Windows rattled from nearby tank and artillery fire, electricity was reserved for operating tables, and hallways were filled with people with nowhere to go.

One of them was Anastasia Erashova, who was crying and shaking as she held a sleeping child. The bombings had just killed her other child as well as her brother’s child. Erashova’s scalp was encrusted with blood.

“We came to my brother’s (my) house, all together. Women and children went into hiding, and then mortar hit that building. We were trapped underground and two children died. No one could save them,” she said in tears.

Her anxiety worsened and she cried, “I don’t know where to run. Who will bring our children, who?

In a video message broadcast across European cities on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the families of 79 children killed in the war “have been destroyed” and pleaded for help from Europe so their numbers don’t increase not.

Zelenskyy pointed to the plight of Mariupol, a port city of 430,000 people in southeastern Ukraine surrounded by Russian troops.

“They bombard it 24 hours a day… launching missiles,” he said, recalling the destruction this week of a maternity hospital in the city. “It’s hate. They’re killing children. They’re destroying maternities. They’re destroying hospitals, why? So Ukraine has no more children.

“This is happening across our country. They’ve destroyed dozens of hospitals, hundreds of schools and daycares, they’re destroying universities, they’re destroying residential neighborhoods, Zelenskyy said. “Imagine how we can survive, what that means for us Ukrainians and our families, for our children. What does it mean when you can’t even find peace in the church because the Russians are even bombing the churches.

He asked for help from European countries to defend Ukraine but also the continent’s way of life. He again called for the protection of Ukrainian skies.

The previous night in Mariupol, a building that had been hit by tank fire during the day was still burning later that night. No one was there to put out the flames.

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