Russian troops have begun attacking the steel mill with the last pocket of resistance in Mariupol.
The takeover began after evacuations from the bombed-out factory saw dozens of Ukrainian survivors finally reach safety after long days and nights inside being under constant protection.
One woman said the attack began “as soon as we were brought out of the plant in the Ukrainian port city”.
Other talked about the “animal fear” she felt when the building in which she was sitting was hit by a bomb.
It is believed, however, that about 200 citizens are still in the steelworks, said Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko – and that 100,000 remain in Mariupol as a whole.
The plant from the Soviet era had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance and resistance.
In his nightly video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that by storming, Russian troops had broken agreements for safe evacuations.
He said the first evacuations “were not a victory yet, but it is already a result”.
And he added: “I believe there is still a chance to save other people.”
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In other battlefield developments, Russian troops have occupied a chemical plant in the eastern city of Avdiivka, killing at least 10 people, Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
“The Russians knew exactly where to turn – the workers had just finished their shift and were waiting for a bus at a bus stop to bring them home,” Kyrylenko wrote in a Telegram post, adding that the movement “a another cynical crime by Russians was on our land “.
Explosions were also heard in Lviv, in western Ukraine, near the Polish border.
The strikes damaged three power substations, knocking out electricity in parts of the city and disrupting the water supply, the mayor said.
Lviv has been a gateway to NATO-supplied weapons and a haven for those fleeing the fighting in the east.
A rocket also hit an infrastructure facility in a mountainous region in Transcarpathia, a region in the far west of Ukraine bordering Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, authorities said.
There was no immediate report of any casualties.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Russian aircraft and artillery had hit hundreds of targets over the past day, including troop strongholds, command posts, artillery positions, fuel and ammunition depots and radar equipment.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said the national rail infrastructure was still under attack.
Oleksandr Kamyshin, the head of the Ukrainian railways, said Russian strikes on Tuesday had hit six railway stations in the central and western regions of the country, inflicting heavy damage.
The Ukrainian army also reports strikes on tracks in the Kirovohrad region, with unspecified numbers of victims.
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