Military investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia discovered flooded civilian ships in the port of Mariupol, RIA Novosti reports.
facts of mining were revealed, the agency writes.
A military boat of the Ukrainian Navy “Kremenchuk” was found at the pier in Mariupol, as well as the skeleton (supporting part) of the warship “Donbass”, destroyed in a fire. The agency also published a video of the correspondent during the work of investigators in the port of Mariupol.
On April 21, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol. He said that “the remnants of the nationalists” took refuge at the Azovstal enterprise; and it will take several days for the Russian military to complete work in the area.
In response, Putin ordered that the assault on the plant be called off, calling it inexpedient. According to him, it is necessary to “think about saving the lives and health of our soldiers and officers.”
At the end of April, during a meeting with Putin, UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed the participation of the UN and the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol. Putin to this “in principle” agreed, the office of the UN Secretary General said. At the same time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov recalled the president's clear position: civilians can leave, the military must lay down their arms.
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Later, the UN announced the creation of a team in the Office of Humanitarian Affairs to evacuate the civilian population from Azovstal. April 30 TASS and RIA Novosti it was reported that 25 civilians left the plant.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine early in the morning on February 24th. He called its goals “denazification”; and “demilitarization” neighboring country. At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the main tasks in the Kiev and Chernigov directions and the regrouping of troops. They also said that the main task of the military. — “complete liberation of Donbass”.
Mariupol was blocked by Russian forces almost from the very beginning of the special operation. Russia recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics within the boundaries of the regions, Mariupol— the second most populated city in the region.
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