The Azov Regiment published a video with civilians on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol blocked by Russian troops.
The assault on Azovstal, by order of the Russian president, stopped. Putin said that there was no need to storm Azovstal in Mariupol: “We need to protect the lives of our soldiers. We don’t need to climb into the catacombs, we need to block the Azovstal industrial zone so that the fly doesn’t fly by,” he said. Shoigu, at a meeting with Putin, said that the plant was “securely blocked” and that more than two thousand military personnel were now there. He also believes that it will take three or four days to complete the “operation” on Azovstal.
Military expert Justin Crump, of the security consultancy Sibylline, said in an interview with the BBC that the Ukrainian defenders are really good at prepared for defense. In his opinion, the Ukrainian military, defending the huge Azovstal steel plant, can hold out there long enough using tunnels, nuclear bunkers and guerrilla tactics. They had 50 days to fortify the territory and prepare their retreat.
However, on the territory of the blocked plant, along with the military, there may be about a thousand civilians. The Azov regiment published a video with women and children at Azovstal, from the stories of people on it it follows that the recording was made on April 21. They are in the basement for about two months.
Civilians are asking for a safe humanitarian corridor to travel to Ukrainian territory. City officials say it takes at least a day without shelling to evacuate the population.