Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov says Mariupol will fall today in a chilling warning – Archyworldys

Mariupol would be the largest city taken by Russia since it invaded Ukraine eight weeks ago in an attack that took longer than some military analysts expected.

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, who is said to have personally led the devastating bombardment of Mariupol, has said the city will fall on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin’s main ally said Russian forces would seize the last major resistance stronghold in the besieged city today after Ukraine proposed talks on evacuating troops and civilians there.

Mariupol would be the largest city taken by Russia since it invaded Ukraine eight weeks ago in an attack that took longer than some military analysts expected, saw more than five million people flee abroad and turned cities to rubble.

The last defense of the city is said to be centered around the Azovstal steel plant, along with some 1,000 civilians in hiding.

Kadyrov, head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, whose forces have been fighting in Ukraine, said: “Before lunchtime, or after lunch, Azovstal will be completely under the control of the Russian Federation forces.”







Smoke rises above an Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant
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A few dozen civilians managed to leave the strategically important southeastern port on Wednesday in a small bus convoy, escaping the fiercest battle of the war.

A Ukrainian navy commander, Serhiy Volny, said the fighters at the steel mill may not be able to hold out much longer.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said that some 1,000 civilians are sheltering there.

Mariupol, once a prosperous coastal city of 400,000, is now a wasteland where corpses lie in the streets as Russia hits the Azovstal steel plant with bunker-busting bombs, the kyiv government said.

The deputy commander of the Azov Regiment in Mariupol, Svyatoslav Kalamar, said several bunkers below the plant still housed 80 to 100 civilians each.







The city has been devastated during the conflict.
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Black smoke billowed from the plant Wednesday as evacuees queued to board buses.

Pensioner Tamara, 64, said that she was going to stay with her sister in Zaporizhzhia. She was leaving with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

“It’s a pleasure… to leave after this nightmare. We lived in basements for 30 days,” she said through tears.

Ukraine accused Russian forces of failing to observe a local ceasefire agreement long enough to allow large numbers of people to leave.

Moscow denies targeting civilians and has blamed Ukraine for the failure of previous attempts to organize humanitarian corridors out of Mariupol.

If Russia were to capture Mariupol, it would unite territory held by pro-Russian separatists in the east with the Crimea region that Moscow annexed in 2014.







Some 1,000 civilians are said to remain in hiding.
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kyiv has proposed exchanging Russian prisoners of war for safe conduct for trapped civilians and soldiers. It was not known whether Russia had responded to the offer of special negotiations.

The fighters remain holed up at the plant and have ignored a Russian ultimatum to surrender. Fewer civilians than expected left on Wednesday.

Ukraine said it had so far stopped an assault by thousands of Russian troops trying to advance in what Kyiv calls the Battle of Donbas, a new campaign to seize two eastern provinces that Moscow claims on behalf of separatists.

Russian forces attacked dozens of military installations in eastern Ukraine and shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter near the village of Koroviy Yar, its Defense Ministry said.

Putin, meanwhile, has said that a first test launch on Wednesday of Russia’s Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, a long-awaited new addition to its nuclear arsenal, “would provide food for thought for those who, amid frenetic aggressive rhetoric, They’re trying to threaten our country.”

Russia calls its raid a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine.

kyiv and its Western allies reject it as a false pretext for a war of choice.

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