‘We were lucky. Only two mortar shells hit our house’: A survivor of the siege of Mariupol tells the story of his family’s escape


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Mariupol has been under siege for more than three weeks. More than 200,000 civilians remain trapped in the city, despite repeated attempts at evacuations. According to the Ukrainian authorities, around 20,000 Mariupol residents managed to flee through a humanitarian corridor on March 15. But a lucky few managed to get out of the city even earlier. Meduza spoke to one such person: Alexey, whose name has been changed for security reasons, was born and raised in Mariupol. In recent years, he's been living in Kyiv, but he returned to his hometown on February 24, to celebrate his grandmother's birthday. That same day, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and Alexey ended up trapped in besieged Mariupol for almost three weeks. He escaped the city along with his parents and 10-year-old sister on March 14. Here's how he and his family survived. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/03/22/we-were-lucky-only-two-mortar-shells-hit-our-house

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