Mariupol, Ukraine: Russia says siege of a steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, and the surrender of 531 Ukrainian guards. Russia says on Friday (May 20, 2022) that both the Mariupol and the steel plant came under the control of the Russian military.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu conveyed the message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said a total of 2,439 Ukrainian security forces had surrendered in the past few days.
The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that Russian forces have taken full control of a steel plant in Mariupol, raising concerns.
This plant was the most important plant owned by the Ukrainians in the city of Mariupol. It is said that Ukraine currently has no control over the city, and that the steel plant is Ukraine’s strongest last stronghold.
The last group of Ukrainian troops ambushed at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol is said to have surrendered. There were about 531 people in this group
A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said the move was a victory for the Russian military. “Area of the Azovstall metal plant … fully liberated.”
On Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that both the Mariupol and the steel plant had come under Russian control, according to official news reports.
“The plant complex where the militants were hiding came under the full control of the Russian armed forces,” the Russian statement said.
In all, Russia says 2,439 Ukrainian security forces have surrendered in the past few days.
It is noteworthy that Mariupol was bombed by Russian forces for several weeks amid fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces.
In the midst of these attacks, the city of Mariupol’s stock of food, electricity, and water all dwindled. Significantly, the Red Cross and the UN expelled civilians who had taken refuge in the Azovstal steel plant.
In this context, it is worth recalling that the United States recently announced that it would provide additional military assistance to Ukraine.