On Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that the city of Mariupol in Ukraine was under the complete control of Russian forces.
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Shoiku explained that the port city was liberated due to cooperation between Russian forces and the militants of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
A senior Russian official told the president that nationalist militants and mercenaries were stationed in the industrial area of the Azovstale plant, which faces Russian and Donetsk forces.
Sergei Shoigu appeared in the Kremlin and told Vladimir Putin that “Mariupol has been brought under control” but 2,000 “fighters” are now detained in Azovstal. Putin then ordered the cancellation
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Shoiku promised that it would take three or four days for the Russian armed forces to control the Azovstal metal plant.
In the words of the Minister of Defense at the beginning of the siege of the city of Mariupol, the number of troops of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and foreign mercenaries exceeded 8,100.
Of those, more than 4,000 were neutralized and 1,478 surrendered, while more than 2,000 were rooted in the Azovstall metal plant, Shoiku said.
The minister condemned the nationalists’ gathering of civilians in the middle ground and the foundations of buildings to turn people into human shields in protest of Russian progress.
Upon learning of the details of the military operation on the city of Mariupol, President Vladimir Putin considered the liberation of the city a success.
In order to save the lives of nationalists and mercenaries within the industrial zone, Vladimir Putin rescinded the order to attack the Azovstel Steelworks.
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