Russia says 1,000 Ukrainian troops holding out in Mariupol steelworks have surrendered

More than 1,000 Ukrainian troops have surrendered in the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol, according to the Defense Ministry.

In a statement released on Tuesday, local time, the Russian Defense Ministry said “1,026 Ukrainian soldiers of the 36th Marine Brigade voluntarily laid down arms and surrendered”.

If the Russians seize the Azovstal industrial district – where other Ukrainian troops have been holed up – they would be in full control of Mariupol, the linchpin between Russian-held areas to the west and east that is providing a land corridor for troops and supplies.

Then it would be the first major city to fall to Russian forces since they invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Ukraine’s general staff said Russian forces were proceeding with attacks on Azovstal and on the port.

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