Putin declares win in Mariupol as Ukrainians surrender |What it means for Russia

Published on May 21, 2022 01:43 PM IST

The 3-month-long battle to seize Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol is now over. Russia has taken full control of the city by declaring victory at the Azovstall steel plant. Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, declared that the last group of 531 Ukrainian troops had surrendered. The statement comes after Lieutenant Colonel Denis Prokopenko, the Ukrainian commander of the Azov regiment, ordered the city to stop protecting Mariupol. He released a short video message from inside the Azovstel steel plant, asserting that the top military leadership of the war-torn nation had issued an order to protect the lives and health of garrison soldiers and to stop the city from being defended. Watch this video for more details.

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