The Ukrainian military leadership has dampened hopes of launching an offensive to free the fighters trapped in the Mariupol Steel Plant.
The Ukrainian military leadership has dampened hopes of launching an offensive to free the fighters trapped in the Mariupol Steel Plant. “As of today, such a deblocking operation would require a significant number of troops because Ukrainian forces are 150-200 kilometers from Mariupol,” Deputy Chief of General Staff Oleksiy Hromov said on Wednesday. Because the Russian troops have also built powerful defense systems in the meantime, such an operation costs many victims.
In the past few weeks, around 500 civilians who were also staying at the steel mill have been rescued via refugee corridors. Russia rejects a free withdrawal of the fighters. They should lay down their arms and go into captivity.
According to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk, around 1,000 defenders are still in the factory, half of them are injured. According to Russian information, 2,500 Ukrainian fighters and foreign mercenaries are said to have holed up in the steelworks.
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