Russia-Ukraine live updates: Urgent push to save civilians in Mariupol, as Ukraine gains access to 20 fighter jets

President Vladimir Putin called off plans for the Russian military to storm the Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on April 21. (Video: Reuters)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces not to storm the last holdout of Ukrainian fighters at a steel plant in Mariupol, calling the military offensive to control the southern port city a success. He insisted on the fact that the last Ukrainian fighters at Mariupol’s steel plant were not going to surrender and ordered his troops to block the zone. “

Ukrainian fighters there have rejected Moscow’s deadlines to leave, wary of its promises of safe passage, even as their commander warned they were “dying underground.” Mariupol’s mayor accused Russian forces of “war crimes,” calling for a cease-fire Thursday to allow people to leave. While Kyiv has offered to exchange Russian prisoners and send senior officials to Mariupol to negotiate for the evacuation of nearly 1,000 civilians and 500 wounded soldiers, Moscow has so far rebuffed the effort, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Zelensky, the Russian siege prevented Ukrainian troops from entering territory held by Russia in order to get to the Azovstal plant. Zelensky stated in a television interview that “we don’t know how long they can hold on” and added, “We don’t know how much time or days it will take them to recover.”

As Russian forces expand their push in the east, Ukraine’s air force now has at least 20 more fighter jets available after an influx of parts made repairs possible, according to the Pentagon.

What else to know

  • Western defense officials have said Putin appears determined to declare gains by Victory Day, the Russian holiday on May 9 marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War.
  • President Biden will provide an update on Russia and Ukraine from the White House on Thursday at 9: 45 Eastern time.
  • Russia announced that it had successfully conducted the first test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile that “is capable of overcoming all missile defense systems” and would make those who “try to threaten our country think twice.”
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates

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