Russia considers Mariupol conquered, although Azovstal’s plant has not fallen

BarcelonaThe Azovstal metallurgical plant inside the city of Mariupol continues to resist, but Russian troops have completely blocked it, and Moscow has already declared the city conquered, Russia’s defense minister said on Thursday. , Serguei Xoigú. According to this information, the Kremlin would rule out a major final assault on the Azovstal plant, where many civilians are also taking refuge, and will limit itself to keeping it isolated until it surrenders.

Shuigú said that 1,478 Ukrainian soldiers defending the plant had already surrendered but that there were still about 2,000 more inside the network of tunnels and bunkers under the complex. Ukrainian authorities have been warning for a thousand civilians inside these tunnels for days, and yesterday one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s advisers offered Moscow a “special round of negotiations on Mariupol” in order to agree on the evacuation. safe from these civilians, among whom are many children.

Russia has not responded to the offer. On the other hand, this Thursday morning, Xoigu said that the city had already fallen into the hands of Russian troops, despite the latter stronghold. The information that has appeared in Russian media also quotes Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating Shogu on the success of the operation and stating that the Azovstal plant should not be stormed, but should be blocked because not even “a fly” can happen.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshuk also demanded the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor at the Azovstal plant this morning. “We urge the Russians to urgently open a humanitarian corridor from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. There are now about 1,000 civilians and 500 wounded soldiers. All of them must be removed from the plant today,” Vereschuk said on Thursday. Telegram, and has called on “leaders of the international community to focus their efforts now on Azovstal.”

The minister says Russia has evacuated more than 142,000 civilians from Mariupol and the situation is now calm. This coastal town is key to Moscow, as it will allow it to control all of Ukraine’s Azov Sea outflow and at the same time connect the territories under its control in the Donbass with Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Vereschuk also reported that “four evacuation buses through the humanitarian corridor” were able to leave Mariúpol on Wednesday. According to the Ukrainian official, the buses have spent the night in Brediansk, a town on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov further south of Mariupol, “and are now heading to Vasilivka.” “We are waiting for you in Zaporizhia,” he said in the early hours of Thursday morning, referring to the population still under Ukrainian control, which is the end of the evacuation route from Mariupol. of Mariúpol this Thursday at 2 pm (1 pm in Catalonia).

All this takes place on the same day that the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, visit Kiev to meet with the President of the country, Volodymyr Zelenski.

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