Russian troops storm the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol

KYIV, ($1=29.41 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russian troops in Mariupol have launched an attack on Azovstal, which houses civilian and Ukrainian troops, including the Azov Regiment. This was announced to the public by the head of the patrol police in Mariupol, who is also there, Mikhail Vershinin. He stressed that the Ukrainian Military continues to defend itself.

“There was artillery and aviation training for almost a day. When the buses left, they stopped and began reading both at night and during the day. Now they were storming the plant in several places. We are defending ourselves, we are retaliating,” Vershinin said.

Azov reported that after the massive attack on the Azovstal plant on May 2, it became known that two civilian women had died.

The AZOV – Mariupol channel in Telegram says: “ATTENTION !!! After yesterday’s massive airstrikes on the territory of the Azovstal plant by the Russian occupiers, it became known that two civilian women had died. We call for the urgent introduction of a ceasefire and the continued evacuation of citizens to safe areas controlled by Ukraine!”

Russian troops storm the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol
Screenshot: Telegram recalls that on April 29 One of the most active followers of the war in Ukraine – Ukraine Weapons Tracker [Twitter account] published a video claiming that a Russian laser-guided 152mm artillery shell struck and destroys a Ukrainian tank near the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.

Another Twitter profile [erich_auerbach] claims that the attack on the Ukrainian tank may have happened in recent days because according to him, the position of the tank is 47.107319, 37.613901, ie. this is the position of a region close to the factory’s administrative building, which was recently taken over.

Azovstal Iron and Steelworks is an industrial complex in the southeastern part of the city, near the port, which stretches for 11 square kilometers. It consists of a complex network of warehouses, railways, and underground tunnels, where Ukrainian troops and civilian defense teams are hiding to survive the constant bombing. According to Ukrainian authorities, the plant has nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children.

“The Azovstal plant is a huge space with so many buildings that the Russians simply cannot find [Ukrainian forces],” Oleg Zhdanov, a Kyiv-based military analyst, told Reuters. For the past few days, the plant has been the subject of continuous heavy artillery fire.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Buggy vehicles sporting roof-mounted ATGM face Russian tanks
Photo: Twitter

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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