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Kiev: Moscow conducts an assault operation on Azovstal

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As the Russian military operation enters its 75th day, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced today, Monday, that Russian forces supported by tanks and artillery are conducting assault operations at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where they are holed up. last defenders of the city.

While Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motozyanek did not provide further details, but said Russian missile launchers could launch attacks in future and did not provide prove about it, according to “Reuters”.

Russia has repeatedly denied

Russia previously denied claims by Ukrainian officials that it attempted to storm the sprawling facility on the Sea of ​​Azov, where civilians were also taking refuge.

For days, Ukrainian authorities have been warning of an intensification of Russian attacks on the site, with the commemoration of Victory Day approaching today.

On Sunday, Ukrainian authorities announced that the Azovstal complex had been cleared of civilians after weeks of siege, but a number of Ukrainian fighters are still stranded.

Kiev confirmed that many fighters at the huge industrial site are still stranded, noting that their situation is very difficult.

evacuate civilians

And the Ukrainian authorities announced the day before yesterday, Saturday, that all the women, children and elderly civilians who were hiding with the fighters were evacuated from the basement of the sprawling steel mill, which was transformed in one of the strongholds standing in front of the Russian forces who took control of the coastal city after weeks of siege.

On Friday he managed to leave the factory in the city on the coast of the Azov Sea.

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These operations, which have been taking place for a week under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have so far paved the way for the evacuation of around 500 civilians, according to Kiev.

Interestingly, since the launch of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory on February 24, the city of Mariupol has been a strategic target for Russian forces, especially since its control opens a road and a land corridor between the Ukrainian east. and the south, where the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed to its territory in 2014.

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