Ukraine reports new Russian attempt to storm steelworks


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Russian forces have resumed airstrikes on the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

And the Russians are trying to storm the steelworks, where the remaining Ukrainian forces in the port city are based.

This is what Oleksy Arestovych, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, said on television on Saturday.

“The enemy is trying to stifle the last resistance from Mariupol’s defenders in the Azovstal area,” he told Reuters news agency.

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, said on Thursday that Russia’s plans to storm the steel plant had been abandoned. The area should just be surrounded so that “not even a fly can escape,” it read.

But according to Ukraine, Russian forces are trying to storm the plant on Saturday anyway. Russia has not commented on the allegation.

Mariupol is almost completely controlled by Russia. However, a few thousand Ukrainian forces are still stationed in the area of ​​the steelworks.

They have no plans to give up, although the Russians have called for it on several occasions with the promise of sparing their lives.

There are still civilians left in the city who have long been besieged by the Russians. Many attempts to get civilians away from the fighting have failed.

On Saturday, a new attempt to evacuate civilians from the city is underway.

“Today we are again trying to evacuate women, children and the elderly,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Saturday, according to the AFP news agency.

It is unclear how many civilians are left in Mariupol. Before the war, the city had about 430,000 inhabitants. President Zelenskyj said Thursday that about 120,000 civilians have been prevented from leaving the city.

Earlier in the day, Russia had announced that the Russians had evacuated over 142,000 civilians from the city.

/ ritzau /


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