Among the reports of the loss of contact with those who had been stuck there, the head of the parliamentary committee of the ruling party in Ukraine, David Arachamia, confirmed on Wednesday that Russian forces stormed the lands of the Azovstal factory in Mariupol.
In detail, Arakhamia announced that Russian intrusion attempts continue for the second day, underlining that Russian forces are already present in the Azovstal lands, in an interview quoted by the radio station “Free Europe”.
He also added that the contacts are still in course between the Ukrainian authorities and the fighters in the factory, noting that they did not stop until Wednesday evening.
These statements came as thearea of the factory has witnessed violent fighting, as heavy artillery, tanks and aviation are participating in the operation, according to the Ukrainian version.
However, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed today that Ukrainian fighters at the factory are refusing to surrender or free the remaining civilians in the industrial complex.
Russia denies: there is no intention to invade
The Kremlin on Wednesday debunked the Ukrainian story, denying that Russian forces had launched an attack on the Mariupol industrial complex and stressing that they did not intend to attack it.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow had publicly given the order on April 21, issued by the supreme leader, President Vladimir Putin, to cancel any raids.
He stressed that Russian forces are besieging the site, but are intervening only to prevent any sudden firing from the Ukrainian fighters present.
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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