Russia claimed full management Friday of the besieged Azovstal Iron and Metal Works, the ultimate foothold of Ukrainian forces within the southeastern metropolis of Mariupol.
The positioning had been the goal of weeks of bombardment by Russian forces.
A lot of Mariupol, which lies on the Sea of Azov close to the Russian border and was dwelling to greater than 400,000 individuals earlier than the warfare, has been left in ruins.
The seize of town would join mainland Russia to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Right here’s how Russia’s lethal siege of town happened:
March 3 — Mariupol below siege
The mayor of Mariupol says Russian forces have blockaded town, reducing off water, energy and meals.
March 9 — Maternity hospital strike
In a number of the most harrowing pictures of the warfare to this point, a minimum of three individuals are killed and 17 others injured in a Russian strike on a maternity hospital.
Individually, Mariupol’s metropolis council tells The Publish that 43 individuals had been buried in what it described as town’s first mass grave within the battle.
March 14 — Evacuations start
A humanitarian hall opens to permit individuals to flee Mariupol, however Ukrainian officers warn that many stay trapped within the metropolis.
March 16 — Theater bombing
A whole lot of individuals are killed when the theater they’re sheltering in is bombed, in what’s believed to be the only deadliest assault on civilians because the Russian invasion started. The Russian phrase for “youngsters” had been painted on the bottom outdoors the constructing in giant letters and a white flag tied to its roof. Native officers estimate the loss of life toll to be round 300. An Related Press investigation primarily based on the accounts of survivors and rescue employees later suggests that about 600 individuals had been killed within the theater bombing.
April 18 — 1000’s trapped in metal plant
A lot of the Russian assault is now targeted on town’s Azovstal Iron and Metal Works. The plant and its sprawling community of underground tunnels function the ultimate shelter and stronghold for 1000’s of Ukrainian fighters, lots of them from the controversial far-right Azov Regiment. Mariupol’s metropolis council says as many as 1,000 civilians are additionally trapped.
Might 7 — Girls, youngsters evacuated
Ukrainian officers say an operation to evacuate ladies, youngsters and aged individuals from the embattled metal plant has been accomplished.
The primary civilians to be rescued describe the brutality of the siege as they arrive within the city of Zaporizhzhia to the northwest.
Might 8 — Final fighters vow to carry out
The leaders of the ultimate fighters stay defiant as they maintain an almost two-hour information convention from the tunnels of the metal plant.
“We are going to at all times struggle, so long as we’re alive, for justice,” the Azov Regiment’s deputy commander, Capt. Sviatoslav “Kalina” Palamar, says.
Might 9 — Russia holds Victory Day celebrations
Russia marks Victory Day — a celebration of the Soviet Union’s position in defeating Nazi Germany in World Struggle II — in occupied Mariupol.
Might 16 — Wounded Ukrainians evacuated
A whole lot of wounded Ukrainian forces are evacuated by Russian forces and brought to Russian-held areas. Ukraine’s deputy protection minister says Moscow and Kyiv will negotiate a prisoner swap to make sure their launch.
Might 20 — Russia claims management of metal plant
Russia claims to have taken full management of the Azovstal metal plant. The nation’s Protection Ministry says that over 2,400 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered in latest days, a determine that drastically exceeds different estimates.