More than 260 soldiers, most of them injured, were evacuated on Monday from a steel plant, Ukraine’s last stronghold, in the city of Mariupol.
- The Mariupol Steel Plant is spread over an area of more than 11 sq km
- The soldiers were taken to two cities occupied by separatists
Russia Ukraine War News: Hundreds of Ukrainian troops guarding the last base in Mariupol have been moved to areas controlled by Russian-backed separatists and authorities continued to evacuate the rest on Tuesday. The withdrawal of troops from the steel plant may indicate the end of the siege in the city which has become a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance. Russia has called the campaign a mass surrender. Ukraine did not use the word but said its campaign was complete.
More than 260 soldiers were evacuated.
More than 260 soldiers, most of them injured, were evacuated on Monday from a steel plant, Ukraine’s last stronghold, in the city of Mariupol. Officials on both sides said the troops have been taken to two cities held by separatists. Some of the soldiers are still at the Ajovastal Steel Plant whose number is not known. The plant is spread over an area of more than 11 square kilometers.
Russian troops capture the city of Mariupol
Now, except for this steel plant, the entire city of Mariupol has been occupied by Russian troops. The full capture of the steel plant will be an important milestone. It will give Russia its biggest-ever victory of the war and could help to deliver military forces for offensive action elsewhere in the industrial stronghold of eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine needs its heroes to survive. – Zelensky
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Ukraine needs its heroes to stay alive. That is our theory. He said the evacuation work from the plant, which was destroyed in the shelling, was going on. Zelensky said, “Many of those soldiers are seriously injured. They are being given medical help. The work of bringing them home is going on and it requires sensitivity and time. Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Maliar said more than 260 soldiers had been evacuated from the plant, 53 of whom were seriously injured. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said 265 soldiers had been evacuated, 51 of whom were seriously injured. (language)