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LIVE UPDATE Russia – Ukraine, day 67: Azovstal plant, largely destroyed

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UPDATE, 09:00: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed Russian soldiers, advising them in a video message that “it would be better to stay in Russia than to go to war and die in Ukraine”, citing the Russian command’s plans to continue the offensive and attract more many forces on the Ukrainian front, Liga.net news agency reports.

The command of the Russian Federation does not tell its soldiers about the preparation of additional mobile refrigerators for corpses and does not tell the truth about the losses suffered in Ukraine, Zelenski said.

“Every Russian soldier can still save his life. It is better for you to survive in Russia than to die on our land! ”The Ukrainian president said, speaking in Russian in this part of his message.

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He also said that his government was doing “everything possible” to ensure the evacuation of the remaining in Mariupol, a city in the east of the country devastated by the Russian army.

According to authorities quoted by the local news agency Ukrinform, about 1,000 Ukrainian civilians and soldiers are still at the Azovstal steel plant, including about 600 wounded.

“Many leaders around the world are trying to save the city’s brave defenders,” Zelenski said in the same video message.

“We are doing our best to ensure that the Mariupol evacuation mission is successful,” he said, adding that 340 border guards were fighting in the port city of the Sea of ​​Azov.

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New satellite images show the Azovstal plant, from which 20 civilians were evacuated on Saturday night, largely destroyed by Russian bombing.

Ukrainian soldiers besieged by Russian invaders in Azovstal confirmed on Saturday night that 20 Ukrainian civilians had been allowed to leave the steelworks.

Azov Battalion Deputy Commander Sviatoslav Palamar said the evacuees, women and children, had arrived “in a suitable place”.

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