Mayor of Mariupol: We have lost contact with our fighters inside the Azovstal

In light of Russian threats to fighters holed up at the Azovstal plant in the coastal city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, the mayor of the city, Vadim Boychenko, confirmed today, Wednesday, that he had lost contact with those who were stranded in the sprawling complex.

The Ukrainian official said heavy fighting took place in this huge steel mill, which is the last stable castle of Mariupol, which has been reduced in rubble after Russian control over it.

Among them are more than 30 children

He also confirmed that some civilians are still stranded, including more than 30 children, in waiting to be evacuated from the factory.

This comes after Moscow stepped up bombing the militants yesterday, claiming to have opened fire in some locations.

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They refuse to give up

Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed today that these fighters refuse to surrender or release the remaining civilians in the industrial complex.

Interestingly, the United Nations launched the latest evacuation operations from the city overlooking the Sea of ​​Azov on April 29, which also included people stranded in Azovstal.

A new group of trapped civilians came out this morning.

Since the launch of the Russian military operation on the lands of its western neighbor on February 24, Mariupol overlooking the sea has been a strategic target for Moscow, as its control will open a land corridor for the movement of Russian forces between eastern Ukraine and Crimea. , which Moscow annexed to its territory in 2014.

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