” 80-90% of Mariupol, the heart of the city and most of the neighborhoods, are under strict control of the Russian army and popular militias ”. Mariupol, according to the latest news today, has not yet fallen. While ” the last pockets of the Ukrainian resistance are concentrated in the Azovstal, the largest steel mill in Europe near the port, and in the area near the stadium, 2-300 meters from the pediatric hospital number 3, the one that was half bombed March”. Vittorio Rangeloni, a thirty-year-old native of Lecco, just returned from Mariupol to Donetsk, where he has lived for seven years, tells this to Adnkronos. ” The steel mill has a dense network of Soviet-era underground tunnels built to cope with any attacks with atomic bombs that make it difficult for the Russian army to clean up – he explains – The area of the factory is very large , there is also a train station. Some Russian soldiers managed to enter, but there is talk of hostages among civilians and among the sailors of various boats that were in the port of Mariupol ”. Port which, confirms Rangeloni, is “in the hands of the Russians”. While “it is said that the strongest resistance is concentrated right next to this facility (Azovstal, ed) because there could be NATO instructors among the Ukrainian military”. An attempt was also made, continues Rangeloni, to “evacuate the personnel by helicopters but they were shot down.” “It is difficult to predict” when the Azovstal will fall, he says, explaining that there are “stocks” in the steel plant of groceries and more ” and ” an aerial reconnaissance is regularly carried out. The two trucks of the International Red Cross were also found which were said to have been captured by Russians and instead are in the facility controlled by the Azov regiment. ” Meanwhile, Rangeloni argues, the Ukrainian military are trying to escape, ” they are scattering. for the city and this worsens the security situation ”, with the authorities having ” armored the city ”. ” Some Ukrainian soldiers try to force the front on board tanks and military vehicles, on which the ‘Z’ is drawn to confuse them with the Russian ones. Others in civilian clothes, many of those are discovered at checkpoints, ” he says. ” Over the past three days, a hundred Ukrainian soldiers lay down their arms every day. Four days ago 273 infantrymen of the 36th brigade surrendered in a single tranche ”, says Rangeloni.
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