Supporters of former Georgian President and Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili clash with police, they try to break into the building of International Art Centre in Kiev. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
KIEV, March 5 (MENA) - The Ukrainian city of Mariupol has no water, heat or electricity and is running out of food, its mayor says, as forces battling a Russian onslaught warned they needed reinforcements to help avoid losing control of the strategic port city.
Mayor Vadym Boychenko appealed for military assistance and for a humanitarian corridor to be created to allow some of the city's 400,000 residents to leave after five days of bombardment by encircling Russian troops, 7NEWS reported.
"We are simply being destroyed," he said in a televised appeal.