By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,
- Moscow says more than 900 Ukrainian fighters from the Mariupol steelworks have been taken to a former prison colony, in a Russian-controlled part of Donetsk
- Ukraine hasn’t publicly commented on their fate. A pro-Russian separatist leader says more than 1,000 soldiers are still trapped in the plant
- Kyiv officials have said they hope to exchange them for Russian prisoners of war captured by Ukraine, but their fate remains uncertain.
- Denis Pushilin, a pro-Russian separatist leader, says more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers including senior commanders are still inside the besieged plant
- In his nightly address on Wednesday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky hit out at Moscow, calling the invasion “an absolute failure”.
- The fall of Mariupol represents a strategic victory for Moscow, which is pressing on with its main offensive in the eastern Donbas region
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Russia’s invasion an “absolute failure” with “catastrophic mistakes” made at the highest level
- It comes after Russia claimed a strategic victory through the fall of Mariupol, as its offensive in the eastern Donbas region continues
- Zelensky has signed decrees to extend martial law and mobilisation for another 90 days in Ukraine
- The UN has warned that the war is increasing the risk of a global food shortage, and poorer nations could face years of hunger
- The G7 is due to meet on Thursday to discuss further financial support for Ukraine
- Meanwhile US President Joe Biden will host the leaders of Finland and Sweden to discuss their Nato membership bids