Russian forces break into Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol


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Russian forces break into Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol
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Published: MAY 3, 2022

Heavy fighting resumed for the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, Russian forces fired on the positions of the Ukrainian army using artillery, aircraft, tanks and ships, said Mayor Vadym Boychenko. "Today, heavy fighting continues on the territory of our fortress - Azovstal. Our brave guys are defending this fortress, but it is very difficult, because they work on this fortress with heavy artillery, work with tanks, aircraft, ships approached and also extinguish on this fortress." - Boychenko said during a national telethon on Wednesday.

Russian forces have entered the territory of Mariupol's Azovstal plant, Ukraine's ruling parliamentary faction head David Arakhamia said in a Wednesday evening comment to RFE/RL. "Attempts to storm the plant continue for the second day. Russian troops are already on the territory of Azovstal," RFE/RL quoted Arakhamia as saying, adding that as of Wednesday evening contact remained between Ukraine's government and the Ukrainian fighters in the plant.

At the same time, according to Boychenko, there are still hundreds of civilians on the territory of the plant, more than 30 of whom are children, they have been in the plant's storage facilities since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.