According to the United Nations thousands of civilians – including women, elderly people and children – are trapped in Severodonetsk with a diminishing supply of clean water, sanitation and electricity.
It said an urgent situation was developing in the bunkers beneath the Azot chemical plant in the key eastern Ukrainian city – where hundreds of civilians are taking shelter from intense fighting.
Spokesman for the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office, Saviano Abreu, said the lack of water and sanitation was very worrying.
The UN’s humanitarian branch is making preparations to provide aid to those trapped in the city.
However, it does not currently have access or assurances to get to civilians safely.
Russia promised to open a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the area today but, so far, there has been no confirmation that this has gone ahead.