Russia says it conquered Ukrainian city of Mariupol, except Azovstal


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Russia says it conquered Ukrainian city of Mariupol, except Azovstal
Kharkiv was under intense bombardment on Thursday * Over 2,000 Ukrainian fighters entrenched in Azovstal industrial complex * Russia captured 42 villages in Donetsk region
Published: APRIL 21, 2022

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin that Russian forces have managed to capture Mariupol on Thursday, with two thousand Ukrainian soldiers blockaded in the Azovstal power plant. Many civilians have also taken shelter within the complex. "Today, the entire Mariupol is under the control of the Russian army, the people's militia of the Donetsk People's Republic, and the territory of the Azovstal plant with the remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries located [there] is securely blocked," he said.

Ukraine's military said on Wednesday that Russian forces have made attempts to storm the seaport and Azovstal steel plant in the southeastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Most of Mariupol is under Russian control, but Ukraine's president said on Wednesday that Ukrainian troops remain in a part of the city. Russian President Vladimir Putin told his defense minister on Wednesday not to storm the Azovstal plant in order to save the lives of Russian troops, instead saying that the plant, which is the main remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city, should be blockaded.