Military operations in the city are reminiscent of the Second World War.
The military operations in Mariupol and directly at Azovstal are reminiscent of the events of the Second World War or the Syrian city of Aleppo in terms of the nature of the destruction.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Yulia, the wife of military Arseniy Fedosyuk, said this during a press conference .
“In general, this can be correctly compared with the events that took place during the Second World War, if we talk about Europe. If we compare it with closer to us, then this is Syria. Mariupol is Aleppo, this did not happen in Europe at all after 1945 It’s unprecedented,” she said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Mariupol is almost completely under the control of Russian troops. However, Ukrainian defenders in super-heavy conditions keep the defense at the Azovstal plant.
After the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal catacombs in Mariupol, Russian troops continue their attempts to seize the plant where Ukrainian soldiers are defending. The occupiers carry out rocket and bomb strikes on the territory of the plant and carry out assault operations with the help of artillery and tanks.
According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, influential mediators and states have been involved to save the Ukrainian military stationed at Azovstal. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claims that the operation to release the plant will require significant efforts and a large number of troops.
On May 11, Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk said that about a thousand more fighters could be on the territory of Azovstal, half of them seriously wounded.
On May 12, she reported that negotiations were underway to release only 38 seriously wounded fighters.
On May 13, Zelensky announced that Ukraine was offering Russia various mechanisms for the removal of Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal plant with President Putin, the President of Finland would talk about this. It is about rescuing the living and removing the bodies of the dead.
Today it became known that the Russian invaders for the first time dropped phosphorus or incendiary bombs on Azovstal in Mariupol .
The infrastructure of the club has been destroyed, contracts with the players have been suspended.
Mariupol head coach Ostap Markevich said the club would miss the next championship, Ukrinform reports.
“I know, for example, that Mariupol will not participate in the next championship. Our entire infrastructure is destroyed, this year it will be impossible to fund the team.
As far as I know, management decided to take a break. I don’t know what will happen next. Perhaps something will change. Contracts with football players have been suspended for today,” Markevich commented.
As Ukrinform reported, on the morning of February 24, Russia launched rocket attacks on Ukrainian cities, and then launched a large-scale invasion. The war against Russia has been going on for 81 days.
Russian troops dropped incendiary or phosphorus bombs on Mariupol. This was announced in his telegram channel by the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko.
“Yesterday, for the first time, the invaders used incendiary or phosphorus bombs against the defenders of Mariupol (withdrawal to the remaining specialists). The invaders themselves claim that 9M22S incendiary shells with thermite layers were used. The combustion temperature is about 2-2.5 thousand degrees Celsius. It is almost impossible to stop the burning “, he wrote.
Note that the use of phosphorus munitions is prohibited by the Geneva Convention.
Recall that the beginning of the war, the defenders of Mariupol destroyed about 6 thousand Russian soldiers and more than 100 units of enemy armored vehicles.