Ukrainian authorities admit: Russian forces advanced to Mariupol

After Russia announced the entry of the city of Mariupol into southeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities acknowledged the advance of Russian forces into the coastal city on Saturday.

The Ukrainian interior minister said that the Russian president seeks to completely destroy the city of Mariupol.

He also added: “Vladimir Putin is targeting the country’s industrial capabilities.”

Ukrainian authorities today announced that Russian forces have destroyed a metallurgical plant in Mariupol.

The announcement came after the Russian Defense Ministry announced yesterday that its separatist allies had entered the center of Mariupol, the strategic Ukrainian port besieged in the country’s southeast. Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at the time that “the units of the Donetsk People’s Republic (declared unilaterally), with the support of Russian forces, have stepped up their siege and are fighting the nationalists in the city center,” as he said. he.

While Kiev has accused the Russians of destroying 90% of the city and besieging residents held hostage, which Moscow has completely denied and in detail in a second time.

Russia’s strategic goal

It is noteworthy that Mariupol, located in the south-east of the country, has been an important strategic target for Moscow since the beginning of the military operation, as its control allows it to connect Russian forces in Crimea and the Donbass and prevents Ukrainians from reaching the Sea of ​​Azov.

It is located on the road between Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, to the west, and the Donetsk region to the east, which is in part controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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That city had received the attention of the media and special internationals in the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, especially after Kiev accused the Russians of besieging it and cutting off supplies to blocked civilians in it.

Interestingly, these developments on the ground come as the military operation enters its fourth week, as neither side appears ready to withdraw or make concessions leading to a political solution that ends the conflict, despite continued talks between the two parties, in their fourth round.

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