The Ministry of Defense announced the cleansing of the “urban territory” of Mariupol from the Ukrainian military. According to the department, the remnants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are blocked on the territory of Azovstal u003d “The Ministry of Defense announced the cleansing of Mariupol from the Ukrainian military” />
Plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol
The entire urban area of Mariupol was cleared of Ukrainian troops, the remnants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant. This was stated by the representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“The entire urban area of Mariupol has been completely cleared of the militants of the Nazi formation“ Azov ” (an extremist organization banned in Russia), foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian troops. The remnants of the Ukrainian group are currently completely blocked on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant,— the message says.
The Ministry of Defense called on Ukrainian servicemen to lay down their arms and surrender.
As stated in the department, at the time of the encirclement of the city on March 11, there were 8.1 thousand soldiers in Mariupol. On the territory of “Azovstal” now there are 2.5 thousand people, the Ministry of Defense added, citing the testimonies of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
Fighting in Mariupol has been going on almost from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. On March 18, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced fighting in the central districts of the city.
On April 4, the Ministry announced that the Armed Forces “on the basis of purely humanitarian principles” suggested to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense battalions and foreign mercenaries “to lay down their arms and go along the route agreed with the Ukrainian side in the Zaporozhye direction to the territories controlled by Kiev.” The department claims that proposals to organize humanitarian corridors and withdraw the Ukrainian military from Mariupol were refused.
On April 8, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, stated that the Russian Armed Forces had taken control of 98% territory of Mariupol.
On April 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine would stop negotiations with Russia if the remaining Ukrainian military in Mariupol were destroyed. According to him, the situation in the city remains difficult. “Our military is locked down. There is a humanitarian crisis, no food, no water, no medicines. Nevertheless, the guys are defending themselves,— he said.
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