The Heavily Contested Azovstal Site: Selenskyj: Russia Detains Soldiers at Steel Mill

Heavily contested Azovstal terrain
Selenskyj: Russia keeps soldiers captive in steel mills

kyiv is trying to free the last Ukrainian soldiers from the Mariupol steelworks. But the Russian troops not only shelled the area, but also refused the retreat of the defenders. It is always said that there are civilians in the Azovstal factory.

According to the will of the Russian besiegers, the Ukrainian soldiers entrenched in the steel works of Mariupol are not authorized to leave the place. The Russian military has rejected any proposal to withdraw the fighters from the Azovstal plant unhindered, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, according to Ukrajinska Pravda. “The defenders of Mariupol remain there, they continue the resistance on the site of Azovstal.”

kyiv continues to use all diplomatic means available to enable the rescue of the soldiers. Russia insists on the surrender of the defenders of Azovstal. Zelenskyi has previously said that Ukraine currently lacks the heavy weapons needed to successfully liberate Mariupol.

More than two months into the war and after heavy fighting for the port city of Mariupol, the last Ukrainian soldiers have entrenched themselves in the Azovstal factory and are offering fierce resistance to Russian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists . On Tuesday, defenders reported heavy shelling by Russian troops. The area had been under attack from the air all night, deputy commander of the Azov regiment Svyatoslav Palamar told “Ukrajinska Pravda”. There are many serious injuries. It is urgent to bring them to safety.

More recently, several hundred civilians were evacuated from the site with UN and Red Cross mediation. Contrary to recent reports of the complete evacuation of all civilians from the Mariupol plant, regional administrator Pavlo Kyrylenko said Monday evening that there were still 100 people who were not fighters. A civilian is defined as a person who is not a member of the military or other combat organization during an armed conflict. It is not possible to independently verify whether and, if so, how many civilians are still in the steelworks.

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