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Putin ordered the siege of the city’s last Ukrainian fortress, leaving Mariupol to occupy the power plant.

Aerial view of the attack on the Mariupol power plant

Photo: Mariupol via City Council / Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dropped orders for an attack on the Azovstal power plant. The last stronghold of the Ukrainian opposition At City of Mariupol, And ordered the siege of the site. Mariupol has been a target of Russian forces and an important strategic target for the Kremlin since the beginning of the war, as it connects Crimea, which was occupied by Russia in 2014, with Putin’s main target in the Donbass region in this new phase of the war.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said other parts of the city and the vast steelwork of the Azovstal Iron, where Ukrainian forces are stationed, were “wrapped and the perimeter securely locked.” Putin hailed it as a “victory”. However, Russian troops have been trying to capture the city without success since March. Since then, the siege led by the Russian military has resulted in the death and flight of thousands of civilians, who were left without water, energy and food.

“Part of the nationalist organizations took refuge in the industrial zone of the Azovstal factory,” Shoiku said during a meeting with the Russian president. In turn, Russian leader Azovstal rescinded an order to invade Steelworks, where about 2,000 Ukrainian guards have been deployed to maintain the siege of the industrial zone in order to save lives.

“I consider the proposed attack on the industrial zone inappropriate. I order the cancellation,” he told President Shoaib at a televised meeting.

The port city has been under siege since the beginning of the war This Thursday is the 57th day. It was heavily bombed by the Russians. Russian missiles and artillery have hit more than a thousand military targets Ukraine Overnight, there were 162 shootings, the defense ministry said.

Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists have completely taken over the eastern city of Kremlin. UkraineAccording to the Ministry.

Ukraine asks for a humanitarian broker in Mariupol

The Ukrainian government on Thursday again demanded the opening of a humanitarian walkway in the port city to evacuate 1,000 civilians and 500 wounded soldiers guarded underground in response to Russia’s surrender demands.

“We demand from the Russians an emergency humanitarian walkway near the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. Everyone must be evacuated today,” said Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk.

“Everyone should be removed from Azovstale today,” he reiterated. He appealed to world leaders and the international community to focus their efforts on Azovstall. “Now this is an important point and a crucial moment for the humanitarian effort,” Vareshchuk stressed.

In the midst of Russia’s invasion of the country, the governments of Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom expanded. Export of arms to Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion almost two months ago, More than five million Ukrainians have already fled the country. Wednesday the 20th, the Ukrainian officials have accused Russian troops of violating the ceasefire agreement Stop vehicles carrying civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol. (* With information from AP, Efe and Reuters)

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