The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) intercepted a conversation in which a Russian soldier spoke of an order from the command to “demolish” the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. – We are waiting here for “surprises” from Russia … Three tons of sky – says the commander of the platoon, which – it is reported – is located four kilometers from the factories.

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The Ukrinform portal reported the intercepted conversation on Tuesday. As reported, the platoon commander, four kilometers from the factory, tells his wife this: – We are waiting for “surprises” from Russia … Three tons of heaven. They said to destroy everything on the ground .. The lieutenant colonel came and said: “You will feel it and you will hear it.”

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The situation in Mariupol

The SBU noted in a telegram that “Despite the great numerical superiority, the Russian occupiers are unable to take the Ukrainian Mariupol“That is why they want to demolish the Azovstal plant, where our fighters are resisting,” she added, and, as the service assured, the Russian troops were not even prevented by the fact that civilians had taken refuge in the plant.

Mariupol is isolated from the Ukrainian forces. Since the beginning of March, it has been under siege and has been subjected to constant fire and shelling. The situation for civilians is catastrophic. According to conservative estimates, as many as 20,000 people may have died there so far.

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Ukrainian website Pravda reported that according to information received on Monday, several civilians, including women and children, are hiding in the basement of the Azovstal plant.

For the Russians, the capture of Mariupol, a port on the Sea of ​​Azov, is fundamental to creating a land corridor to occupied Crimea, and will also allow them to release large forces to launch a massive offensive in the remaining territories. Donbass. The capture of Mariupol also has great propaganda significance for the Russian authorities.

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On Sunday, the defenders of Mariupol rejected the ultimatum issued by the Russians: surrender in exchange for saving their lives. The Russian Defense Ministry renewed its alert on Tuesday. “Anyone who laid down their arms will ensure their survival,” the ministry was quoted by Reuters as saying. The defenders of Azovstal were given time until noon (11 am in Poland). There is no information that defenders will agree to it.


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