Russian troops stand in front of the destroyed Azovstal Iron and Steel Works office building
Russian forces are attacking the steel plant, which is the last Ukrainian stronghold in Mariupol, the Ukrainian official said.
Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said at a briefing on Saturday that Russian forces had resumed raids on the Azovstal factory and were trying to attack it.
“The enemy is trying to completely suppress the resistance of Mariupol defenders in the Azovstal region,” Arestovich said.
On Thursday, Mr Putin ordered the Russian army not to attack the power plant after his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that all of Mariupol, with the exception of Azovstal, had been “liberated” by the Russians.
Instead, the Russian president called for a blockade of the area in an attempt to stifle the remaining focus of resistance there.
Ukrainian officials estimate that the factory has about 2,000 of its soldiers, along with about 1,000 civilians – including women and children – who are hiding in the underground tunnels of the four-square-mile facility.
Arestovich says that despite the renewed attacks, the Ukrainian fighters are still holding on and even trying to face them.
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Watch: Women and children trapped in Mariupol steelworks want to see “peaceful skies” and “breathe fresh air”
The Azov Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard, whose members are imprisoned in the Azovstal factory, previously published footage of about two dozen women and children, some of whom were in underground tunnels for two months.
The Azovstal footage showed the soldiers giving sweets to the children, who responded with punches. One young girl says she and her relatives have “seen neither the sky nor the sun” since they left home on February 27.
“We want to see the calm sky, we want to breathe fresh air,” said one woman in the video. “You have no idea what it means for us to eat and drink sugary tea. It’s lucky for us. ”
Regiment Deputy Commander Sviatoslav Palamar told the AP that the video was shot on Thursday, the same day that Russia declared victory over the rest of Mariupol. The content could not be independently verified.
Aisha Rimi April 23, 2022 1:21 PM
Breaking: Russian forces attack the steel plant in Mariupol
Russian forces attack steel plant, Ukraine’s last bastion in Mariupol, Ukrainian official said
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Putin’s “nuclear blackmail” is likely to increase international demand for nuclear weapons, the expert warns
Fiona Hill, a British-born Russia expert and former White House intelligence adviser, said Vladimir Putin’s “nuclear blackmail” was likely to increase international demand for nuclear weapons during the conflict in Ukraine.
Former Deputy Presidential Assistant when Donald Trump was in office, told BBC Radio 4 Today: [Mr Putin] Basically every country says: You need a nuclear weapon.
“So the whole idea of non-proliferation is basically out the window, because it’s basically very clear that the reason we’re not going to Russia with everything we have is because they have a nuclear weapon and he says he’s ready to use one.
“And everyone is looking at it now, thinking, ‘Right, well, if I want to have a way with my neighbor, I need a nuclear weapon’ – that’s basically what Putin is telling us.
“On the contrary, everyone thinks, ‘If I have to have a good defensive stance, I can’t rely on someone coming to my aid, I need a nuclear weapon.’
“So we’re in a whole new area where we weren’t even during the Cold War, so it requires really strong diplomacy.”
She continued: “If you are Japan and South Korea, for example, you are really rethinking your non-nuclear stance and your dependence on the United States. Putin threatened everything. “
Aisha Rimi April 23, 2022 12:17 PM
Russia will arm the army with missiles with nuclear potential
Russia will deploy its first military unit armed with Sarmat ballistic missiles capable of nuclear weapons this year, the head of the local space agency said.
Dmitry Rogozin, who runs Roscosmos, said he would be based in Uzhuru, less than 2,000 miles from Moscow, according to Tasss.
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 11:50 PM
Supermarkets are restricting purchases of cooking oil after stocks were hit by the Ukrainian war
British supermarkets have reduced the amount of cooking oil that customers can buy due to supply chain problems caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 11:30 PM
Zelensky warns that Russia has ambitions to attack other countries: “Who will come next?”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Vladimir Putin’s ambitions are ending with Ukraine.
My colleague Namita Singh will look at other countries that Russia might see:
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 11:10 PM
Russia’s shelling of Luhansk is intensifying, says the regional governor
The constant Russian shelling of Ukrainian-controlled cities in Luhansk province is intensifying, said the governor of the region.
Serhiy Haidai confirmed on television that some Ukrainian forces are leaving the settlements to regroup, adding that this is not a critical obstacle.
Russia continues to deny targeting civilians in the war in Ukraine, despite evidence to the contrary.
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 10:50 PM
Ukrainian jet shot down in the Kharkiv region, Russia claims
Russian troops shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter and destroyed three MI-8 helicopters at an air base in the Kharkiv region, the Kremlin said.
Ukraine has not yet responded to Russian news.
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 10:30 PM
Nearly 22,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the war, Ukraine says
The Ukrainian army estimates that 21,600 Russian soldiers have been killed since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
A total of 854 Russian tanks and 177 Russian aircraft were destroyed.
Here are the latest Ukrainian estimates:
Rory Sullivan April 23, 2022 10:10 PM
The evacuation of Mariupol will begin this afternoon, says the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister
The evacuation from the besieged city of Mariupol was to begin at noon local time (9:00 GMT), said the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister.
“Today we will try to evacuate women, children and the elderly again,” Iryna Vereshchuk said in an online post.
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