Watch: Russian lung-crushing thermobaric bombs fall over Azovstal

KYIV, ($1=29.17 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The occupation of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol turned into an offensive, assault, and rocket attack by the Russian armed forces. As we reported yesterday [May 4], 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.

Today, the mayor of Mariupol Vadim Boychenko announced that the communication between the Ukrainian armed forces and the units of Azov, which have strengthened in Azovstal, has been suspended and since the morning there is no communication with them.

Video footage distributed in the Telegram shows a large-scale Russian missile and bomb attack with thermobaric warheads over the production facilities of the Mariupol plant. Vadim Boychenko says there are heavy fighting, brutal bombings, and “there is no way to know what is happening, whether they are safe [Azov unit and civilians] or not,” he said.

Watch: Russian lung-crushing thermobaric bombs fall over Azovstal
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The Russian military is trying to take full control of the metallurgical plant, despite assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that it will not take offensive action against people hiding in the plant. The footage shows thermobaric bombs pouring over buildings where people have taken refuge and which bombs “will be crushing their lungs”.

Watch: Russian lung-crushing thermobaric bombs fall over Azovstal
Photo: YouTube

According to Ukrainian Captain Svyatoslav Palamar of the Azov military, the Russians launched an offensive first with tanks and armored vehicles. “We will do everything we can to repel this attack,” he said in his latest video message before communication was cut off.

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.

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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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