At least 100 Ukrainian civilians resist at the Azovstal plant under permanent Russian attack

FILE PHOTO. Smoke rises over an Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine. May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

At least 100 Ukrainian civilians remain sheltered in the facilities of the Azovstal steel plant, in the port city of Mariupol.in southern Ukraine, reported an adviser to the city mayor, Petro Andriuschenko.

The besieged city on the edge of the Sea of ​​Azov is completely blocked by Russian troops since practically the beginning of the invasion, last February 24, and the steel mill facilities have served as a refuge for hundreds of civilians and soldiers who are still enduring the siege.

“Mariupol. Azovstal. In addition to the military, at least 100 civilians remain in shelters. However, this does not reduce the density of the invaders’ attacks,” he wrote on his Twitter account. Telegram the municipal adviser, informed this Tuesday the agency Interfax-Ukraine.

He also said that “heavy artillery and aviation continued to shell the plant throughout the day (from yesterday). Ground assault attempts remain unsuccessful. But the city hears the sound of cannons again,” Andriuschenko said.

FILE IMAGE.  A view of the Azovstal steelworks during the Russian-Ukrainian war, in Mariupol, Ukraine.  May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/
FILE IMAGE. A view of the Azovstal steelworks during the Russian-Ukrainian war, in Mariupol, Ukraine. May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/

The situation in the gigantic steel plant, the last Ukrainian bastion in the city, cannot be compared with independent sources, since Russian troops control practically the entire city and have imposed their own authorities.

The Government of Ukraine confirmed last weekend that all the women, children and elderly who remained sheltered in these facilities had been evacuated.

There they remained, according to kyiv, a group of Ukrainian soldiers, most of them belonging to the so-called Azov regiment, considered an ultra-nationalist military branch.

Ukrainian refugee Alisa, 4, from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, whose mother was detained by the Russian military during the evacuation, is seen arriving at a humanitarian aid and registration center for internally displaced persons, amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian refugee Alisa, 4, from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, whose mother was detained by the Russian military during the evacuation, is seen arriving at a humanitarian aid and registration center for internally displaced persons, amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

On the other hand, and according to the account of Telegram of the Municipality of Mariúpol, during the last 24 hours there were 34 flights over the territory occupied by the Azovstal plant.

These raids included eight strategic bomber flights. He also continues to operate Russian naval and conventional artillery of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) type and employing tanks, among others.

“The enemy does not stop trying to capture the Ukrainian fortress and continues to carry out daily assaults with the support of the infantry,” the message said.

(With information from EFE)

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