The authorities of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian Republic of Donetsk assured today that Russian forces have taken control of the port of the city of Mariúpol. “As for the port of Mariupol, it is now under our control,” the leader of the territory, Denis Pushilin, quoted by official news agencies, told Russian television. Mariupol is considered a key achievement for Russia’s military interests, which aims to unite the areas of eastern Ukraine with the Crimean peninsula. Read also However, according to the commander-in-chief of the Kiev forces, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the Ukrainian forces that are heroically conducting the last defense of Mariupol still resist. “Communications with the units of the defense forces that heroically resist in the city are kept stable – wrote the general in a statement on Facebook – we do everything possible and impossible for the victory and protection of the lives of the military and civilians. Have faith in the Armed Forces of Ukraine “. Deputy Mayor Serhiy Orlov assures that Ukrainian forces are resisting Russia, speaking with the BBC. The “battle for Mariupol continues,” he declared.
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