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Fighting for Mariupol continues, says Ukrainian Defense Ministry

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Olexandr Motuzyanyk said their forces continued to fight the Russian military for the key Azov Sea port city of Mariupol, Ukrinform news agency reported.

“The Russian army is constantly recruiting additional units to storm the city, and at the moment there are active battles near the Ilyich plant and in the port area of ​​Mariupol,” said Motuzyanyk Friday.

He pointed out that Russian forces had not taken full control of the city nearly seven weeks after the siege began, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Ukrainian army recently carried out a tactical operation to join the forces of two military units in Mariupol and is now trying to unblock the city, Motuzyanyk said.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said the 36th Marine Brigade had broken the fighting lines and joined the Azov Battalion in Mariupol, bolstering the city’s defenses.

Mariupol, in eastern Ukraine, has seen some of the worst violence in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

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