Ukraine The army says it is trying to evacuate the remaining forces at the Azovstan steel plant in Mariupol. Thus controlling the city Russia passes under the control of forces. Mariupol for months Russia was bombed by security forces, killing thousands of civilians.
“Mariupol garrison has fulfilled its combat mission” – Ukraine The General Staff of the Armed Forces said in a statement on May 17.
A day earlier, more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were withdrawn from Azovstal. Some of them are injured. Hundreds of soldiers and The civilian remained in the bunkers under the plant for weeks.
Will the wounded be considered captives
Most of the wounded were evacuated to Moscow-backed separatist-held areas.
Ukraine Presidents Volodimir Zelenski night videosaid in his speech that, “Ukraine needs its heroes to survive.” He immediately fighters free He also warned that they would not free Negotiations to make “skill and time. “
It was not immediately clear whether the wounded fighters were considered prisoners of war.
This is the longest in Ukraine and a bloody war seems to be over. According to the army leadership according toAzovstal defendersMoscow 20 forced thousands of troops to move to Mariupol, preventing them from rapidly capturing other parts of the country.
Before the war, Mariupol, with a population of 400,000, was devastated by Russian bombing.
3,500 buildings were destroyed in Chernigov
It is reported that 80 percent of the damage was to residential buildings.
The capital at the beginning of the war KyivAiming at Russia, Russia later began to retreat and direct its forces to the east.
The Ministry of Defense warns that, Russia could use heavy artillery bombardment to gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine.
On May 16, at least 19 civilians were killed as Russia intensified its offensive in the east. In the city of Severodonetsk, Luhansk region 10, In the Donetsk region, 9 residents were reported killed. The information was announced by regional officials.
The Ukrainian army on May 16 Kharkiv He said he was stepping up his counterattack and pushing Russian troops towards the border.