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Ukraine war: Zelensky plea as Russians seek Mariupol endgame

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Posted: 05/05/22 - 05:56
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Ukrainian officials say Russian forces have launched an all-out assault on the Azovstal steelworks, the last Ukrainian holdout in the city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian forces inside the plant have been fighting "difficult bloody battles" for a second day, the commander of the Azov regiment said.

Russian forces are reported to have entered "the territory of the plant" after days of sustained attacks.

About 200 civilians are believed to be sheltering inside, including children.

The BBC has not been able to verify the reports of the Russian attack on the steel plant.

In a brief video message posted on Telegram, Azov commander Denis Prokopenko said: "I am proud of my soldiers who are making superhuman efforts to contain the pressure of the enemy... the situation is extremely difficult."

President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a further appeal to the UN to help save the lives of those who remain there.

I Call True: There seems a grim inevitability that Russian forces will eventually overwhelm the brave resistance inside the Azovstal steelworks but like any right minded person i fear for the lives of the civilians trapped in there with the fighters.

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One way or another Russia will take control of it and there isn't a lot that Ukraine can do to prolong the resistance there
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As Frank points out, why are there still civilians there UNLESS they are effectively offering to be a human shield to stop and all out shelling of the place to the ground
22 days
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I am not sure why civilians remain when they know it is a target and there was a ceasefire just days ago, to allow them to get to safety which 100s took the chance to.