Russia has been accused by Ukrainian MP, Dmytro Gurin of trying to starve the besieged port city of Mariupol into surrendering.

Gurin made the statement after Ukraine rejected a Russian deadline demanding Mariupol’s defenders lay down their arms in exchange for safe passage out of the city.

Since the war started, the Russian military has made Mariupol a key area of target.

According to reports, the war has triggered some unusual and terrible situations. At the moment, at least 300,000 people have been trapped, while supplies are running out and aid blocked from entering.

More of the negative effects of the war has been experienced by residents who have endured weeks of Russian bombardment with no power or running water.

Meanwhile, Mr Gurin has made several comments about what the plan of Russia is, stressing that there was no question of Mariupol surrendering.

In his words, “Russians don’t open humanitarian corridors, they don’t let humanitarian convoys enter the city and we clearly see now that the goal of the Russians is to start to [create] hunger [in the city] to enforce their position in the diplomatic process,” he said.

“If the city does not surrender, and the city will not surrender, they won’t let people out. They won’t let humanitarian convoys into the city.”

The situation also led to a deadline which Russia made under proposal, giving Ukraine until 05:00 Moscow time (02:00 GMT) to accept.

Ordinarily, if they were to go by the deadline, Russian troops would have opened safe corridors out of Mariupol from 10:00 Moscow time, initially for Ukrainian troops and “foreign mercenaries” to disarm and leave the city.

After two hours, Russian forces say they would then have allowed humanitarian convoys with food, medicine and other supplies to enter the city safely, once the de-mining of the roads was complete.

Unfortunately, the deadline came and went.