Facts about Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russia says urban area of Mariupol fully controlled
People's Daily Online
(Xinhua) 16:34, April 17, 2022
The Russia-Ukraine conflict continued on Saturday as the Russian military announced that the entire urban area of Mariupol city in eastern Ukraine has been fully controlled. The following are the latest developments:
The Russian military has fully cleared the entire urban area of Mariupol of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and foreign mercenaries, the defense ministry said.
The remnants of the resistant forces have been blocked inside the Azovstal iron and steel works plants, the ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a briefing. He said 1,464 Ukrainian servicemen have surrendered during the fighting in the city.
As a key port city on the Azov Sea, Mariupol is witnessing one of the most intense fighting in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
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The Kiev City administration on Saturday asked residents to delay their return to the capital city over security and humanitarian issues.
Russian forces have renewed bombardment of Kiev, the city administration said in a statement on Telegram, urging people not to ignore the air raid sirens.
Besides, the traffic jams caused by the increased number of people, who return to Kiev, disrupt the deliveries of humanitarian aid and the work of emergency and communal services, the statement said.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the conflict with Russia.
In an interview with CNN, Zelensky said that some 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen have been injured in the hostilities, with many of them receiving critical wounds.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that 13 top officials of Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been barred from entering Russia.
"This step was taken as a response to London's unbridled information and political campaign aimed at isolating Russia internationally, creating conditions for containing our country and strangling the domestic economy," the ministry said in a statement.
British Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace are also blacklisted among others.
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