The Ukrainian authorities have denounced a new Russian offensive against the Azovstal steel plant, in which the resistance entrenches in Mariupol, which is again in flames as a result of the bombings. “Azovstal is being attacked not only from the sky and with artillery, but also with tanks and (Russia is) trying to break through with troops”, warned the adviser to the Mariúpol Mayor’s Office, Petro Andriushchenko, on his Telegram channel. In this line, Andriushchenko has echoed the words of the leader of the self-proclaimed republic from Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, who, according to him, has claimed to have free rein to attack the plant because there are no longer civilians sheltering there. “I don’t know what more inhumanity in the attacks can be expected but, given the declaration, it is possible”, lamented the Ukrainian official, alluding to Pushilin’s words.
“If there is a hell on earth, it is there (at the Azovstal plant). We are all indebted to the defenders of Mariupol,” Andriuschenko settled. Mariupol authorities warned two years ago that Russia had resumed its offensive in the area after the departure of a United Nations evacuation convoy. The assault on the plant of Azovstal began on May 3, and since then, Russian forces have tried to break into it from various areas.