The war does not recede in Ukraine. Upside down. On the 24th day of the Russian invasion, Ukrainian forces “temporarily” lost control of the Sea of Azov, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. near the martyred city of Mariupol, in the south of Ukraine, in what seems more and more like an attempt by Russia to connect its territory with the Crimean peninsula at all costs. This situation, which comes after days in which the area has been subjected to one of the fiercest attacks by the Russian army, was reported on Saturday morning by the evening bulletin of the Ukrainian General Staff.
Precisely in Mariupol, according to the mayor of the city, Vadym Buychenko, Almost 80% of the buildings in the city already show signs of war, or have been directly destroyed —a third of which are considered irreparable—, and the city has been left without water, gas and electricity. “There are shots and fights in the center of the city,” Buychenko denounced, thus confirming the announcement that the Russian forces had made the previous day that they were tightening the siege on Mariupol.
The Red Cross, out of town
“We are tightening the rope,” they said. All this, with civilians trapped in the city, since it has only been possible to evacuate some 30,000 people, and even the Red Cross has left the city, unable to guarantee the safety of its workers.
In these circumstances, Buychenko has also reported that difficulties continue to rescue the last civilians who were in a bunker in the city’s Drama Theater, who on Saturday had already been trapped in the rubble for more than 48 hours since the bombing suffered in the place where they had sheltered. The reason is that the situation is not only urban guerrilla in the city, but that the Russian forces are using their most lethal weapons, according to the politician.
Less Ukrainian forces
“There are tanks, artillery shelling, and all kinds of weapons are being fired in the area,” said Buychenko, confirming that, in addition, right now, the Ukrainian forces are “unfortunately” less numerous than those of their adversaries.
Despite this, the Russian forces continue to deny that they are attacking civilians, and even deny having bombed the Drama Theater, which, according to their version, was blown up by the Ukrainians as a “bloody provocation”. In parallel, Moscow has also claimed to have used for the first time Kinjal high-precision missiles to destroy in recent days some Ukrainian military infrastructure in Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine, something never happened before, according to information from the Russian news agency Tass collected by France Presse.
The intensification of the Russian offensive on Mariupol has also coincided with the certification that Azovstal metallurgical plant has been destroyed of the city, one of the largest in Europe, according to the Minister of the Interior of Ukraine, Vadym Denysenko. “According to our information, we have lost an economic giant. (…) The goal of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is not to demilitarize Ukraine but to deindustrialize it and that we will have to rebuild our plants in the coming decades”, said Denysenko.
While the Ukrainian General Staff has also reported that Russian troops have continued to block various accesses to the cities of Chernigov and Sumy, in the north of the country, and to Kharkov, and Severodonetsk, in the east, while the authorities have asked for caution due to the presence of mines, which would have already caused injuries. The lifeless bodies of at least seven people killed by attacks the day before have been transferred to morgues in the Makariv area, in the kyiv district.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.