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Shocking footage has been released showing a tank firing missiles into tower blocks in Mariupol along with damage caused to bombed-out buildings after the city was besieged yesterday from Russian forces.

The footage shows the residential buildings withstand explosions from strikes as they are repeatedly fired upon.

Russian shelling of this Ukrainian port city of 430,000 has been relentless, and the mayor’s office says more than 1,500 have died since the siege began.

Putin’s forces hammered the city’s downtown yesterday as residents hid – many of them in freezing conditions with little food or water.  

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced humanitarian aid will reach the city this afternoon. 

Debris of destroyed Mariupol buildings litters the street as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues with heavy shelling

Debris of destroyed Mariupol buildings litters the street as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues with heavy shelling

Debris of destroyed Mariupol buildings litters the street as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues with heavy shelling

Footage captured  some bombed-out homes reduced to a shell, while the facades of several other buildings show clear damage from shelling.

Footage captured  some bombed-out homes reduced to a shell, while the facades of several other buildings show clear damage from shelling.

Footage captured  some bombed-out homes reduced to a shell, while the facades of several other buildings show clear damage from shelling.

A second video shows the damage done to city, which is located on the Sea of Azov, as a driver explores its deserted streets.

The clip shows how some bombed-out complexes have been reduced to a shell , while the facades of several other buildings show clear damage from shelling.

Satellite images from yesterday also show the scale of the devastation in Mariupol, with multiple fires in the industrial Primorskyi district

The videos emerged today as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in Mariupol this afternoon, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had said. 

The president said delays has been caused due to the ‘complexity’ of the route, which had led to supplies being held overnight in nearby Berdyansk – a city also on the Sea of Azov, located 47 miles west of Mariupol.   

Satellite images from yesterday also show the scale of the devastation in Mariupol, with multiple fires in the industrial Primorskyi district

Satellite images from yesterday also show the scale of the devastation in Mariupol, with multiple fires in the industrial Primorskyi district

Satellite images from yesterday also show the scale of the devastation in Mariupol, with multiple fires in the industrial Primorskyi district

Repeated attempts to bring food to Mariupol and evacuate civilians have been canceled due to ongoing Russian fire. The unceasing shelling has even interrupted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves.

Yesterday, a Ukrainian official said Russian soldiers blocked a humanitarian convoy headed for Mariupol and stole from another.

Doctors Without Borders said some residents are dying for lack of medication, with the city without drinking water or medicine for over a week now. 

An Associated Press journalist witnessed tanks firing on a 9-story apartment block in Mariupol and was with a group of medical workers who came under sniper fire on Friday. 

Conditions at a local hospital there were deteriorating, electricity was reserved for operating tables and the hallways were lined with people with nowhere else to go.

Anastasiya Erashova wept and trembled as she held a sleeping child. Shelling had just killed her other child as well as her brother’s child. ‘No one was able to save them,’ she said.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks near the position he was guarding in Mariupol yesterday

A Ukrainian serviceman walks near the position he was guarding in Mariupol yesterday

A Ukrainian serviceman walks near the position he was guarding in Mariupol yesterday

Parks and outdoor facilities in Mariupol were reduced to scorched earth yesterday as Russian invaders 'hammered' the city

Parks and outdoor facilities in Mariupol were reduced to scorched earth yesterday as Russian invaders 'hammered' the city

Parks and outdoor facilities in Mariupol were reduced to scorched earth yesterday as Russian invaders ‘hammered’ the city

The aid group says people are resorting to boiling water from the ground or extracted from heating pipes.

Ukraine’s military said Russian forces captured Mariupol’s eastern outskirts. 

Taking Mariupol and other ports on the Azov Sea would be strategic for Russian President Vladimir Putin, as it could allow Russia to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline UKRAINE REFUGEE APPEAL

Readers of Mail Newspapers and MailOnline have always shown immense generosity at times of crisis.

Calling upon that human spirit, we are now launching an appeal to raise money for refugees from Ukraine.

For, surely, no one can fail to be moved by the heartbreaking images and stories of families – mostly women, children, the infirm and elderly – fleeing from Russia’s invading armed forces.

As this tally of misery increases over the coming days and months, these innocent victims of a tyrant will require accommodation, schools and medical support.

All donations to the Mail Ukraine Appeal will be distributed to charities and aid organisations providing such essential services.

In the name of charity and compassion, we urge all our readers to give swiftly and generously.

TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE 

Donate at www.mailforcecharity.co.uk/donate 

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