A satellite image of the Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol

After starting a new offensive by air, land and sea, Russian forces have already managed to enter the Azovstal steelworks complex in Mariupol. In the early evening, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced a new ceasefire for the next three days, between 08:00 and 18:00, for the evacuation of civilians.

“The Russian Armed Forces will open a humanitarian corridor between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm on May 5, 6 and 7 at Azovstal for the evacuation of civilians,” he said.

This Wednesday, the mayor of Mariupol announced that there were civilians under “violent fighting” in the Azovstal, adding that he had lost contact with the Ukrainian military trapped in the basements of the steel complex.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the help of UN Secretary General António Guterres to “save” the wounded stranded at the scene.

“The people who are there are in danger of life. We ask you to help us to save them,” Zelensky told Guterres in a telephone conversation, stressing the need to “help to get all the wounded out of Azovstal.”

Ukrainian authorities today tried to establish four collection points for citizens in Mariupol, but warned that the security situation is “very difficult”, in the words of Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

According to Kiev, among the ruins of the besieged port city in southeastern Ukraine, there are more than 10,000 inhabitants without water, food, medicine and electricity.

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