Russia is trying to take full control of the southern port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for weeks and will be a huge strategic reward that would link the formerly occupied territory of pro-Russian separatists with the Crimea region annexed by Moscow. 2014. Major Serhi Volina, commander of Ukraine’s 36th Marine Brigade, still fighting in Mariupol, wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking for help, saying women and children had been taken prisoner by the country’s blacksmiths.
“It simply came to our notice then. . . This is not the only time to help through prayer. Save our lives from the devil, “the letter quoted Ukraine’s ambassador to the Vatican as saying in a tweet.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that the situation in Mariupol was “extremely difficult” but that the city was not under the full control of Russian forces. Ukraine to Russia to operate a humanitarian corridor for refugees from Mariupol and from a steel plant which is the last significant area of ​​Ukrainian resistance.
Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk told the Telegram that “we demand an emergency humanitarian corridor from the Azovstal plant area for women, children and other civilians.” Azovstal steelworks is one of the largest metallurgical plants in Europe. Video and audio footage showed the echoes and smoke billowing from the ajustal steelwork. The capture of Mariupol will unite the Russian forces on the two main axes of aggression and free them to join the new offensive expected against the former main Ukrainian forces.

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