As the Russian army enters the 65th day of its invasion of Ukraine, Russian air strikes continue on Mariupol, a strategically important location in the southeast.
According to foreign media such as the Washington Post (WP) on the 29th (local time), Russian tank shelling continued on the same day at the Azoustal Works, the last defensive point of Mariupol.
Donetsk Provincial Police Chief Mikhail Bershinin said Russian forces bombed the area around the Azoustal Field Hospital while appealing to the WP to evacuate. He added that Russian Tu-22 M3 bombers were also used in the large-scale airstrikes.
Ukrainian government officials say the situation is worsening as Russian troops are preventing the evacuation of Azoustal with ruthless airstrikes, depleting food and water and detaining civilians in need of medical assistance.
“We are ready to leave the site of the Azoustal Works,” Versinin said.
Major Serii Volina, commander of the Ukrainian 36th Independent Marine Brigade defending Mariupol, told CNN that there are now hundreds of people left at the steel mill, including a four-month-old baby.
The attack on field hospitals by Russian forces has depleted essential medicines and left little water or food left, he added. Mariupol Mayor Vadim Wojchenko said more than 600 people were injured in the attack on the hospital.
In the eastern region where Russia is focusing its offensive, the Russian military is making some progress. The British Ministry of Defense assessed that the Russian army was acquiring territory little by little at a great price.
A fierce battle broke out in Lisichansk and Severodonetsk, Luhansk Oblast. The Russians are attempting to advance south from Izium, and have also launched a pin-air operation to encircle the Ukrainian forces.
A senior U.S. Department of Defense official said that the Russian forces appear to be advancing toward Slowyansk and Baraniuka, and evaluated that they were advancing slowly, albeit at an uneven speed, in the southeast and southwest directions of Izium.
The Ukrainian counterattack continues. The explosion of the Riemann-Laigorodok railway bridge over the Sibersky Donetsk River located on the highway between Slowyansk and Rieman in Ukraine was confirmed in a video on the same day.
It is a railway bridge connecting Lehman, known as the Donbas battlefield, and the Ukrainian Environmental Protection Agency also announced that the bridge and Russian military vehicles were also blown up.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces said the National Guard destroyed 11 Russian tanks, 7 artillery units, 27 armored vehicles, 1 combat vehicle and 14 vehicles. announced that it did.
The Ukrainian Air Force said it destroyed one Su-25 attack aircraft and nine Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles.
Civilian casualties continue.
Two civilians were killed in Bremivka and Shandryholovo, Donetsk provinces, and one was killed and five injured in Russian bombing in northeastern Kharkiv.
The Russian government confirmed that it fired five missiles the day before in the Ukrainian capital Kiiu, hitting at least one weapons factory and residential building.
The attack occurred while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Kiiu, killing one person and injuring 10 others.
In particular, it was reported that the deceased was Vera Girih, a local journalist belonging to Free Europe Broadcasting. Radio Free Europe said in a statement on the same day that Ghirich had been killed in a Russian missile attack the day before.
Meanwhile, Kiiwu city authorities have urged residents to conserve fuel to support the military and to refrain from driving their own cars.