According to information from Moscow, the Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol are now under Russian control after weeks of bloodshed. The Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said Friday night in Moscow that all of the fighters had surrendered. Since May 16, Russia has taken 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers. The plant was the last uncontrolled piece of the strategically important city in south-eastern Ukraine.
|This photo was taken during a trip organized by the Russian Defense Ministry. (Date: 05/18/2022)- AP/dpa|
According to Konashenkov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu personally informed President Vladimir Putin of the "complete liberation of the plant and the city of Mariupol." Russian soldiers have now completed their deployment. The Ukrainian side initially refused to confirm the news.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blamed the West for the Ukrainians' withdrawal from the plant in a television interview taped before the Russians announced the capture. in a television interview taped before the Russians announced the capture. He has repeatedly urged Western leaders to provide his country with "appropriate weapons" so that "we can reach Mariupol and liberate these people.
Russian forces now control the entire coast of the Sea of Azov, thanks to Mariupol. This would allow Russia to recognize the separatist republics of Luhansk and Donzek. With Mariupol you have access to the world's oceans. They can now export their goods without relying on Russian land routes, using the Azov Sea's well-developed largest port and the relatively inexpensive waterway.
This changes the situation. The fall of these two cities indicates the Russians are advancing.
Instead of blaming the West for this situation, the Ukrainian president should search his soul and ponder over the situation and make a decision to stop further damage to the state.