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Resistance continues in Mariupol, claims Zelensky

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has claimed that resistance continues in the southern port city of Mariupol. Earlier, Russia claimed control of the city. News AFP.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Russia says it has “liberated” the city of Mariupol. Thousands of Ukrainian troops are still stationed at the Azovstal factory. It is estimated that several thousand more Ukrainian civilians have taken refuge there.

However, Zelensky said the fighting was ongoing. In a video speech, he said, “The occupiers are doing everything in the south and east of our country to show that some victories have been achieved.”

The occupiers must leave our territory, including Mariupol,” said Zelensky, Ukraine’s president. They (Russia) can only delay this inevitable outcome. No matter what the occupiers say, Russian forces are being resisted in Mariupol.

The southern port city has been the target of continued Russian attacks. Through the occupation of Mariupol, Moscow seeks to establish annexed Crimea to Russian-backed separatist-controlled territory in the Danbas region.

Ukrainian officials have called for a humanitarian corridor as soon as possible to evacuate civilians and wounded soldiers from the Azovstal steel plant. The country’s foreign ministry said it had run out of food, water and emergency medicine.

Three buses carrying people leaving Mariupol arrived in the town of Japorizhijia on Thursday. One of them was 34-year-old Tatiana Dorash. He was accompanied by his six-year-old son Maxim. “I don’t want to hear any more bombs,” Tatiana said.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the success of Russian forces in “liberating” Mariupol. In a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the Kremlin, he said there was no need for a final battle with the troops there, despite surviving almost two months of siege.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to carry out the proposed final attack on that factory,” Putin said. I am ordering the cancellation of this plan. Completely block the area so that not a single fly can get out of there. ‘

Sergei Shoigu said the factory has an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian troops. President Putin called on them to lay down their arms and surrender, saying that the surrender would show due respect to Ukrainian troops.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. In addition to air and missile strikes, Russian forces launched ground operations from three directions. However, in the face of resistance from Ukrainian forces, Russia intensified its offensive in the east and south, withdrawing troops from the vicinity of the capital Kiev and from the north.

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