The end of the resistance in Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, seemed imminent on the night of Monday, April 11. kyiv has announced that the Ukrainian forces are preparing for the fall of this strategic port. According to the authorities, thousands of civilians have been killed since the start of the siege of the city by the Russian army on February 24.
A high number of victims in Mariupol
The Ukrainian mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, claimed that more than 10,000 civilians were killed. since the beginning of the siege of this great city in the southeast of the country by the Russian army. According to him, the number of victims could even double and exceed 20,000 victims. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had estimated a little earlier that “Tens of Thousands” people were killed in this city of half a million people.
Asked by the American press agency access point (in English)Mariupol’s mayor also accused Russian forces of bringing mobile cremation teams into the city to dispose of bodies and refusing to let aid convoys in to cover up the carnage.
Pro-Russian separatists say they have conquered Mariupol
Earlier in the day, the leader of pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk announced that his forces had completely conquered the city’s port area. “The It’s already under our control.” said Denis Pushilin, quoted by Russian news agencies.
For their part, the Ukrainian forces appear to be preparing for the worst.. “Today will probably be the last battle” in Mariupol “because we are running out of ammunition”the 36th National Army Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook on Monday. “It will be death for some of us and captivity for others. We don’t know what will happen, but we ask you to remember (us) with a kind word.”added the 36th brigade on the social network.
A big offensive is expected in the Donbass
Mariupol is not the only conflict zone in the country. Donbass, located in eastern Ukraine, would be the target of a major offensive to come, according to kyiv. “According to our information, the enemy has almost completed its preparation for an assault in the east. The attack will take place very soon.”warned the spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksandre Motouzianik.
In Washington, a senior Pentagon official confirmed that Russian forces are building up in the region and, in particular, near the strategic city of Izium. “We have seen efforts by the Russians to resupply and strengthen in the Donbass”the official told AFP, mentioning in particular a column of tanks north of the city.
Société Générale left Russia
On Monday morning, Société Générale announced “to cease operations” in Russia and sell its entire stake in Rosbank, a heavyweight in the Russian banking sector, as well as its insurance subsidiaries in the country. Although, as stated by the group in a press release, the transaction “provided” is subject to the approval of the competent regulatory and competition authorities. According to the group, “The completion of this operation should take place in the coming weeks.”
Until now, the French group had continued its activities in Russia since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. And it weighed, in this country, 18,600 million euros, of which 15,400 million (83%) are accounted for in its subsidiary Rosbank.