Ukraine announces withdrawal of last steelworks troops, cedes control of Mariupol to Russia


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Azovstal, onde civis e militares haviam se abrigado, era último foco de resistência na cidade portuária de Mariupol

Azovstal, where civilians and military had taken shelter, was the last point of resistance in the city port of Mariupol| Photo: EFE/EPA/ALESSANDRO GUERRA

Ukraine announced this Tuesday (10, local date) the evacuation of the last soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks, the last focus of resistance in the port city of Mariupol, after weeks of Russian attacks. In this way, Kyiv completely cedes control of the city, the city hardest hit by Moscow’s attacks since the beginning of the war, in 24 of February.

) and must be included in prisoner exchanges.

Ukraine reported that some soldiers remain inside the steel plant and efforts are being made to remove them.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine pointed out in a statement that the Mariupol garrison “has fulfilled its mission of combat” and so the commanders of the units stationed in Azovstal were ordered to “save the lives of their personnel”.

“By concentrating the main forces of the enemy around Mariupol, we had the opportunity to prepare and create defensive lines, where our troops are are now ready to repel the aggressor. This provided us with crucial time to form reserves, regroup forces and receive assistance from partners,” the statement added.

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