© Reuters. FILFOTO – A picture shows a construction of Azovstal iron and steel works during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 22, 2022. REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko
(Reuters) – Russian forces are trying to storm the Azovstal factory in Mariupol over land, backed by air and artillery bombardments, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said on Sunday.
Arestovych wrote on Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 that “Russian troops are trying to finish the defenders of Azovstal and more than 1,000 civilians hiding at the facility”.
The Azovstal Steel Factory is the most important remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the southeastern port of Mariupol. Russian troops surrounded the facility in early March and have gradually taken control of most of the city.