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After the conquest of Mariupol, kyiv assumes a Russian advance

Ukraine fears a further advance by Russian troops after they completely captured the port city of Mariupol and the steelworks of Azov. Ukrainian military governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Hajday, on Saturday reported massive fighting in Donbass. For example, the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievzherodonetsk has been under fire for days, there are dead and wounded. “The Russians destroy Sieverodonetsk like Mariupol. Fighting is taking place in the suburbs of the city,” Hajdaj said on the Telegram news channel.

The governor complained about the aerial bombardments in the area and that Russia wanted to reduce the area to rubble. At the same time, he rejected statements by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that he was on the verge of taking over the Lugansk region completely, calling them “nonsense”. Shoigu no longer has an overview of the situation of its own armed forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that the last Ukrainian fighters from the Azov steelworks in Mariupol had surrendered – more than 2,000 in total. This means the city is fully under Russian control, he added. The Ukrainian General Staff in kyiv said the enemy had started clearing the area around the port to make it operational again.

According to the General Staff, the Russian armed forces are still trying to take full control of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in order to secure a land corridor to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. From the Russian point of view, the capture of Mariupol is considered an important partial success.

Ukrainian authorities also reported new Russian attacks in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. In the Kyiv district of the megacity, the market was shot down on Friday evening. Several merchant lodges burned down. The published photos of the mass destruction were initially unverifiable. (dpa)

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