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‘Heroes of our time’ exit Mariupol steel plant; Kremlin calls it mass surrender: Live Ukraine updates

‘Heroes of our time’ exit Mariupol steel plant; Kremlin calls it mass surrender: Live Ukraine updates


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A contingent of Ukrainian fighters who doggedly defended a metal mill in Mariupol for weeks have “fulfilled its fight mission,” Ukrainian officers mentioned, and efforts had been underway to rescue the final of the defenders.

“The Supreme Army Command ordered the commanders of the models stationed at Azovstal to save lots of the lives of their personnel,” the Normal Workers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine mentioned in a press release. “Mariupol defenders are heroes of our time.”

Greater than 260 Ukrainian troops, some wounded, had been eliminated to areas managed by Russian-backed separatists. Kremlin referred to as the exodus a mass give up.

An unknown variety of troops remained on the sprawling Azovstal metal mill that has for weeks symbolized Ukraine’s closing holdout within the besieged metropolis of Mariupol. The Russian Protection Ministry mentioned Monday mentioned it had come to an settlement for injured Ukrainian troops on the besieged plant to acquire medical remedy beneath a neighborhood cease-fire.

Ukrainian Deputy Protection Minister Anna Malyar mentioned 53 significantly wounded fighters had been taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, east of Mariupol. A further 211 fighters had been evacuated to Olenivka by means of a humanitarian hall.

“The work to convey the fellows house continues, and it requires delicacy and time,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned.

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Newest developments:

►Belarus introduced it could deploy particular operations forces alongside the Ukrainian border Monday, after train exercise earlier this month, the UK Ministry of Protection mentioned. Russia used Belarusian territory to stage its preliminary invasion of Ukraine. 

►After over 200 years as a nonaligned nation, Sweden will be a part of neighboring Finland in making use of for membership in NATO, a doubtlessly historic shift motivated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Senate voted 89-11 late Monday to advance a $40 billion invoice aiding Ukraine, probably sending the measure to President Joe Biden to signal into regulation by the top of the week.

The chamber invoked cloture, capping additional debate on the invoice and organising a closing vote that may probably be scheduled for later this week.

11 Republicans voted in opposition to the measure, together with Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who single-handedly delayed its fast approval by denying the unanimous settlement wanted to start debate. 

— Celina Tebor

Contributing: The Related Press

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