Russian forces 'completely liberate' Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol

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[Russian troops guard an entrance of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station, a run-of-river power plant on the Dnieper River in Kherson region, south Ukraine, Friday, May 20, 2022. The Kherson region has been under control of the Russian forces since the early days of the Russian military action in Ukraine. This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. /PTI] Moscow, May 21 : Russian forces have "completely liberated" the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, the Russian Defence Ministry said. "The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, are in complete control of the Russian armed forces," the Ministry added on Friday in a statement. "The last group of 531 militants surrendered today," it said, adding that "a total of 2,439 Azov Nazis and Ukrainian soldiers had laid down their arms since May 16". According to the statement, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the completion of the operation, Xinhua news agency reported. /IANS




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