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Russia says more than 700 Ukraine fighters surrendered in Mariupol

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Moscow said about 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered in Russian-occupied Mariupol as it made a significant advantage in the south, while the United States became the latest Western country to reopen its embassy in Kyiv.

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Ukraine has ordered its forces to stand at Mariupol, but the end result of Europe’s bloodiest battle in decades remains unresolved.

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Top commanders of Ukrainian fighters, who made their last stand at the Azovstal steelworks in the port city, are still inside the plant, according to the leader of pro-Russian separatists in control of the area, quoted by local news agency DNA. Wednesday.

Ukrainian officials have declined to comment publicly on the fate of the fighters.

“The state is doing everything possible to save our soldiers,” military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyannik told a news conference. “Any information open to the public could jeopardize that process.”

Ukraine confirmed the surrender of more than 250 fighters on Tuesday, but did not say how many more were inside.

Russia said on Wednesday that an additional 694 fighters had surrendered, bringing the total to 959. Its Defense Ministry posted video that said Azovstal had Ukrainian fighters undergoing treatment in hospital after surrendering.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Red Cross and the United Nations were involved in the talks, Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boichenko said, but gave no details.

Mariupol is the largest city Russia has ever captured and allows Russian President Vladimir Putin to claim a rare victory in the invasion that began on February 24.

Recent crimes have focused on the southeast after Moscow moved away from Kyiv, where, in another sign of normalization, the United States said on Wednesday it had resumed operations at its embassy.

The US Senate has approved veteran diplomat Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine, which has been vacant for three years.

Canada, Britain and others have also recently resumed embassy operations.

Moscow says it is engaged in a “special military operation” to civilianize and “deny” its neighbor. The West and Kyiv call it a false pretext of invasion.

donbas attack

On the war front, Russian forces pressed on with their main offensive, trying to capture more territory in the eastern Donbass, which Moscow claims on the side of the separatists.

Ukraine’s General Staff said in a statement on Thursday that Russia’s attacks were focused on the Donetsk region in the Donbass.

Around Sloviansk, north of Donetsk, the Russian army suffered “significant losses” around the settlement of Velika Komishuvakha, it said.

Ukraine’s military opened fire on a border village in Russia’s western region of Kursk early Thursday, killing at least one civilian, regional governor Roman Starovoit said.

Reuters was unable to verify the reports.

Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Oleksiy Erestovich, said Ukrainian saboteurs blew up railway tracks in front of an armored train carrying Russian troops in the occupied southern city of Melitopol.

He contradicted an earlier statement by Ukraine’s regional defense force in a video posted on social media, saying “the partisans received it, although they did not blow up the armored train.”

Erestovich said that the incident showed that the partisan movement was actively disrupting the Russian army.

NATO application

Finland and Sweden formally applied for NATO membership on Wednesday, a decision made in the wake of the Ukrainian aggression and Putin cited the expansion as a reason for attacking Ukraine.

US Ambassador to NATO Julian Smith called for an accelerated accession process, which “could be done in a few months”, but NATO member Turkey said its approval would be on the withdrawal of “terrorists”, namely Kurdish militants and Fethullah Gülen followers. depends.

Both Finland and Sweden were militarily non-aligned during the Cold War.

Although Russia threatened retaliation against the plans, Putin said on Monday that his NATO membership would not be an issue unless the coalition sends more troops or weapons there.

However, Russia could cut gas supplies to Finland this week, said Gasam, Finland’s state-owned energy provider.

The European Commission announced a 210 billion euro ($220 billion) plan for Europe to end its dependence on Russian oil, gas and coal by 2027.

Meanwhile, Google became the latest big Western company to exit Russia, saying its local entity had filed for bankruptcy and was forced to cease operations after its bank accounts were seized.

($1 = 0.9550 Euro)

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