Russian forces have attacked Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin announced he had authorised a “special military operation” in the country’s east on Thursday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has declared martial law throughout the country, saying Ukraine will “win”.
Mariupol Mayor Vadym Bouchenko said three people have been killed and six others, including a child, injured by Russian shelling in a suburb of the city.
Russians also attacked the airport and a village nearby, he added.
“Don’t panic. We are ready to fight for Mariupol and Ukraine.” Bouchenko said.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford drives around in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol to report on the current situation.