Russian troops have stormed a metallurgical plant containing the last hotbed of resistance in Mariupol.
The takeover began after an evacuation from the bombed-out plant led to dozens of surviving Ukrainians finally reaching safety after long days and nights lurking inside under constant shelling.
One woman said the attack began “as soon as we were taken out” of a plant in a Ukrainian port city.
Another spoke of the “animal fear” she felt when a bomb hit the building where she was staying.
However, it is estimated that about 200 civilians are still in metallurgical plants, said Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boychenko, and a total of 100,000 remain in Mariupol.
The Soviet-era plant became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance and disobedience.
In his night video address, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said the assault by Russian troops violated safe evacuation agreements.
He said the initial evacuation was “not yet a victory, but it is already the result.”
He added: “I believe there is still a chance to save other people.”
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In other events on the battlefield, Russian troops fired on a chemical plant in the eastern city of Avdeevka, killing at least 10 people, Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavel Kirilenko said.
“The Russians knew exactly where they were going – the workers had just finished their shift and were waiting for the bus at the bus stop to take them home,” Kirilenko wrote in a Telegram message, adding that the move was “another cynical crime by Russians on our land.”
Explosions also took place in Lviv, in western Ukraine, near the border with Poland.
As a result of the strike, three power substations were damaged, electricity was cut off in some areas of the city and water supply was disrupted, the mayor said.
Lviv was a gateway to NATO-supplied weapons and a refuge for those fleeing fighting in the east.
The rocket also hit a mountain infrastructure in Transcarpathia, a region in western Ukraine bordering Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, authorities said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
A spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Kanashenko, said that Russian aircraft and artillery had struck hundreds of targets over the past 24 hours, including military bases, command posts, artillery positions, fuel and ammunition depots and radar equipment.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said the nationwide rail infrastructure is also still under attack.
The head of the Ukrainian Railways Alexander Kamyshin said that Russian strikes on Tuesday affected six railway stations in the central and western regions of the country, caused significant damage.
The Ukrainian military also reported strikes on the railway in the Kirovohrad region, the number of victims is not specified.