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Russia-Ukraine news: Russia “trying to attack Mariupol steel plant”

Russian troops are pushing for an offensive in the eastern region of Donbas in an effort to fully control the industrial heart of Ukraine, but have not made much progress because their efforts have been slowed by sharp Ukrainian counterattacks, Ukrainian and British officials said on Saturday.

Russia continues to fight for full control of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions that make up Donbas and seeks to secure a “land route between those territories and occupied Crimea”, among other things, by erasing the last outbreak of resistance in the besieged port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian general said. staff.

Ukrainian forces have repulsed eight Russian attacks in two regions in the last 24 hours, destroying nine tanks, 18 armor and 13 vehicles, a tanker and three artillery systems, the general staff said.

“Russian occupiers are regrouping. The Russian enemy continues to launch rocket and bomb attacks on military and civilian infrastructure,” the general staff said on Facebook.