Russia demands ‘full liberation’ of Mariupol in Ukraine – Reuters News in France and abroad

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Russia now claims that Mariupol, Ukraine is fully under its control following the surrender of Ukrainian forces from the Azovstal steel plant, according to a senior Russian government official.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that the Russian military had witnessed the “complete liberation” of the Ukrainian port city, which has been at the center of the Ukraine-Russia war for several weeks. It is the tenth largest city in the country and the second in the Donetsk region, where most of the fighting took place.

Mariupol also serves a strategic function as it is located on the Sea of ​​Azov, which would provide the Russian homeland with a direct route to its military forces in Crimea. His downfall, which could not be independently verified, would undoubtedly be Russia’s greatest victory in the current conflict.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that the city had fallen with the surrender of 2,439 Ukrainian fighters, a much higher figure than previously reported.

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A convoy of pro-Russian troops moves along a road in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, April 21.
(REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

Ukrainian forces remained in the basement of a steelworks for several weeks. Many soldiers suffered from serious injuries, even with missing limbs, which a skeletal medical team was unable to properly treat.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that several hundred Ukrainian soldiers and civilians had been evacuated from the plant to ensure their safety and survival.

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During a speech on Wednesday, Zelenskyy said any occupation of Ukrainian cities by Russian forces would be “temporary”.

“Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, Enerhodar, Mariupol and all our towns and communities that are under occupation – under temporary occupation – must know that Ukraine will return,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sat down with Fox News’ Griff Jenkins for an interview on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
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During his address on Friday, the Ukrainian President continued to thank Ukrainian fighters and civilians who oppose the occupation of Ukraine.

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“I want to thank our people who don’t stop fighting the occupation,” Zelenskyy said during his Friday night speech. “And in particular those who are currently in the territory temporarily under the control of Russia, its army. In particular, the Enerhodar rescuers who demonstrated today deserve our support. Thank you.”

A senior Russian official told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his army had taken control of Mariupol, following the surrender of the last remaining Ukrainian forces at the Azovstal steelworks.

A senior Russian official told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his army had taken control of Mariupol, following the surrender of the last remaining Ukrainian forces at the Azovstal steelworks.
(Yuri Kochetkov/Pool)

“Everyone must show that the occupiers have no right to decide anything on our land. It is an important element of our victory,” he added.

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One of Zelenskyy’s advisors, Mykhailo Podolyak, previously compared the Battle of Mariupol to the Battle of Thermopylae, when Persian forces invaded Greece and defeated a group of 300 Spartans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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