On May 9, shelling on the Azovstal facilities continued in the city of Mariupol. After humanitarian corridors in Mariupol were closed, the artillery of the DPR People’s Militia, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), are destroying the fortified areas of nationalist militants in Azovstal.
According to Azov militants, over the past day, 34 aircraft flights, including 8 sorties of strategic bombers, were carried out on the territory of the Azovstal plant. Russian naval and conventional artillery continue shelling of Azov military positions.
On May 9, battles were reported near the railway bridge on the north-eastern outskirts of the Azovstal plant.
More than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are currently at the Azovstal plant, hundreds of them are wounded, according to Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.
The deputy commander of the Azov regiment Svyatoslav Palamar (nickname Kalina) recently gave an interview to the BBC, that Ukrainian forces are suffering significant losses, counted in thousands of servicemen. The Azov militants reportedly have about 600 wounded. Many of the injured are dying due to the lack of medicines. Palamar also accused the Ukrainian command that it actually left the militants at Azovstal dying.
On May 9, the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin claimed that the new city administration does not plan to restore the Azovstal plant.
“The task is to make Mariupol a resort city. I talk a lot with residents who tell me that the Ilyich Metal Plant must be restored, and we agree with this. “Azovstal”, let’s be honest, polluted the city and the sea. Therefore, with a high degree of probability, something else will appear in place of Azovstal. The decision will be made after discussing this issue with the residents of the city. We also hope to develop private business,” Denis Pushilin said.
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