Siege of Mariupol

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The siege of Mariupol was military engagement between Russia and Ukraine which began on 24 February 2022, during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The city of Mariupol is located in the Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine. It is claimed by the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk People's Republic.

The Red Cross said the siege is "apocalyptic", and Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of causing a major humanitarian crisis in the city,[1][2] with city officials reporting that over 2,000 civilians have been killed.

The siege has been compared by Ukrainian and US officials to the siege of Leningrad during World War II.[3][4][5]

The siege ended on 16 May 2022 after what Western media outlets called the "evacuation" of the remaining Ukrainian personnel from the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works; the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Ukrainians had "surrendered".[6][7][8]

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  1. "Russia accused of 'holding 400,000 people hostage' in Mariupol". the Guardian. 9 March 2022. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. "Photos: Mariupol residents suffer as Russian forces lay siege". Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  3. Reuters (3 March 2022). "'We are being destroyed,' says Ukraine's Mariupol under Russian siege". Reuters. Archived from the original on 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. Agence France-Presse (5 March 2022). "Siege of Ukraine's Mariupol city draws comparisons with Nazi blockade of Leningrad". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 12 March 2022. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  5. Blinken, Antony [@SecBlinken] (9 March 2022). "Every Russian has learned about the Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Sadly, history has repeated itself—but now it's the Russian government cruelly starving Ukrainian cities." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 12 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  6. Hopkins, Valerie; Nechepurenko, Ivan; Santora, Marc (2022-05-16). "The Ukrainian authorities declare an end to the combat mission in Mariupol after weeks of Russian siege". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  7. "Hundreds of Ukrainian troops evacuated from Mariupol steelworks after 82-day assault". the Guardian. 2022-05-17. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  8. "Минобороны показало кадры сдачи в плен украинских военных с «Азовстали»". РБК (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-05-17.