|Russia will open humanitarian corridor for evacuation of civilians|
The Russian Armed Forces will open a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal. This was announced by the Russian command quoted by TASS, according to which, "according to the decision of the leadership of the Russian Federation, based on humanitarian principles, the Russian Armed Forces from 8 to 18 Moscow time on 5, 6 and 7 May will open a humanitarian corridor from the factory territory Azovstal for the evacuation of civilians (workers, women and children) ", whose presence in the underground structures of the steel plant was reported by the Kiev authorities.
Today, contact with the Azov battalion fighters barricaded at the Azovstal steel mill has been lost and then resumed several times. This was stated by the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, explaining that ''we haven't been able to establish a stable relationship with the boys, so we don't know if they are okay or not'' during the fighting in the area. the plant continues. "Today there was heavy fighting in the area of \u200b\u200bthe fort, in the Azovstal region. Our brave men defended this fort, but it was very difficult because heavy artillery and tanks fired hard," Boichenko said. Speaking on Ukrainian television, Boichenko confirmed the whereabouts of 30 children trapped inside the factory. “They are waiting for new negotiating procedures and new evacuation missions,” he said.
“We have to understand that people are still dying. Unfortunately, enemy aviation and artillery are firing all the time,” he added.
"Russian troops broke into the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where the soldiers of the Azov battalion were barricaded, and fierce fighting is now underway." Famous Ukrainian journalist Andriy Tsapliyenko wrote on his Telegram account, saying: "The invaders got into Azovstal." Journalists claimed that his attempt was to ''suppress the strong resistance of the defenders of Mariupol'', Andriy Tsapliyenko also wrote that "Putin's army used all available weapons. available.
Civilians are still being bombed at the factory." As Russia prepares to celebrate victory in World War II with parades across the homeland, and parades in Mariupol, now under their control, the army tries to liquidate the last bastion of resistance, the Ukrainian military and members of the Azov regiment barricaded in the great Azovstal steelworks. . One of the remaining Ukrainian fighters inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol told the BBC that more than 500 injured people were still inside the industrial complex. According to Mykhailo Vershynin, 200 of them are in critical condition and, in general, the health of the victims continues to deteriorate due to lack of medical care and unsanitary conditions.
There was a "complete shortage," he said, referring to food, water and medicine. The Azovstal hospital was deliberately bombed by Russian troops, said Vershynin, who according to him, despite his desperate conditions, the defenders of Azovstal were "ready to fight to the end". Vershynin, who was the pre-war police patrol leader, said the defenders who remained inside the steel mill were between 19 and 60 years old. On Sunday, the first group of civilians was finally evacuated from the sprawling industrial complex. Yesterday they reached Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia.
Russia - studied - intends to organize one of the parades for the celebration of May 9 in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol: this was announced by the secret service of the military of Ukraine (GRU). The port city "will be at the center of the celebrations: major roads have been cleared, debris and victims removed and unexploded ammunition", for a "large-scale propaganda campaign".
According to Gru, Russian viewers will be treated to reports of the "excitement" expressed by residents at seeing troops from Moscow arrive. May 9 marks the anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II (the "Great Patriotic War" in Russia's name) which is traditionally celebrated with a large military parade on Moscow's Red Square.