Ukrainian officials say there may be a cholera outbreak in Mariupol, which is under Russian control.


Weeks after Russian troops gained control of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the city suffers from the mixing of clean water with sewage, as well as the proliferation of corpses in the streets, making the people exposed to various dangerous illnesses.

Local Ukrainian leaders in exile have expressed concern about a lack of supplies, and the city's assistant mayor, Petro Andryushenko, stated on Monday that decomposing bodies and piles of garbage are contaminating drinking water, leaving residents vulnerable to cholera, dysentery, 

Russian authorities recently quarantined the city, he said in remarks to Ukrainian TV.

In remarks to "Radio Svboda," he stated that "it is impossible to explain the truth of Mariupol," adding that there are dead "everywhere" and that "the Russian military cannot cope with such a large number of victims."

"Bodies are decomposing beneath the debris of hundreds of high-rise buildings, which actually poisons the air," stated the Mariupol City Council on the Telegram app.

In the case of a breakout of the illness, the council predicted "thousands of civilian fatalities," 

According to the council, the near-constant Russian bombardment, which enabled Moscow to assume complete control of Mariupol last month, has turned the majority of the city to rubble and devastated water and sewage infrastructure as well as medical institutions.

Public health specialists have warned that warm weather and a lengthy battle might expose Ukraine, its troops and citizens, to infectious illnesses, forcing authorities to deal with an epidemic while fighting against the Russian invasion.