Russia says it has taken control of all urban areas of Mariupol except Azov steel plant

Russia says it has taken control of all urban areas of Mariupol except Azov steel plant

Russia says it has taken control of all urban areas of Mariupol except Azov steel plant


Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Konashenkov said on the 16th that the Russian army has taken control of all urban areas in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, except for the Azov Steel Plant, and the remaining Ukrainian forces and mercenaries are blocked at the Azov Steel Plant. Inside.


The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement on the 16th saying that for humanitarian reasons, all Ukrainian troops and mercenaries in the Azov Steel Plant who are willing to surrender their weapons can be guaranteed security. From 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Moscow time on the 17th, Ukrainian troops who lay down their weapons can leave the Azov Steel Plant.


According to reports, a phone call between the Mariupol Ukrainian army and the Ukrainian official intercepted by Russia on the evening of the 16th showed that the Ukrainian official did not agree to its surrender request.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video speech on the 16th that the Ukrainian government has always maintained contact with the Mariupol Ukrainian army and has sought military or diplomatic solutions, but has not yet found an ideal solution.

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