KYIV, Ukraine — Russia is moving towards tightening its hold on the occupied regions of Ukraine as its military campaign to capture more territory in the eastern Donbas region faces fierce resistance, with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky warning that fighting is set to intensify.
In Mariupol, Ukraine’s largest city taken over by Russian forces, Russia released footage of minesweeping ships preparing to clear the area around the Azovstal steel plant, which was once a shelter for goods. hundreds of Ukrainian fighters for weeks until they surrendered earlier this month. Petr Andriushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol mayor Vadim Boychenko, said four of the Russian minesweepers were injured after a mine exploded on the factory’s territory, in which one person was seriously injured. Russia did not immediately comment on the reports.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-tries-to-tighten-hold-over-occupied-areas-of-ukraine-11653388676 Russia Tries to Tighten Hold Over Occupied Areas of Ukraine