Russia advances as Mariupol siege ends

By Pavel Polityuk and Terje Solsvik
Updated May 21 2022 - 10:16am, first published 10:10am
Russia has control of the Mariupol steelworks after the Ukrainian defenders surrendered.

Russia has claimed victory in a months-long battle for Mariupol's Avostal steel plant, taking it a step nearer to its goal of controlling Ukraine's Donbas region, and halted gas exports to Finland in an escalation of an energy payment dispute with Western nations.

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