Smoke Pours From Besieged Azovstal Steel Plant as Russian Attack Resumes

Aerial video of Mariupol, Ukraine, showed heavy smoke from the Azovstal steel plant, as Ukrainian officials and Russian media said Russian attacks had resumed.

Zvezda News, the Russian state-owned channel that published this footage, said it was filmed by helicopter. The video shows a sweeping view of the sprawling steel plant and heavy damage across the surrounding area.

Fighting resumed around Azovstal on May 3, according to both Ukrainian and Russian forces. Russian media reports said the firing started inside the plant, while Mariupol police chief Mykhailo Vershynin said that Russian forces tried to storm the steelworks.

Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov Battalion, said in a video on May 3 that the attack had resumed and included “a large number of infantry,” armored vehicles, and artillery.

More than 200 civilians, including children, remain inside Azovstal, along with 500 injured Ukrainian military personnel, Ukrainian officials said.

The UN’s resident coordinator in Ukraine said on May 3 that 100 people who evacuated the plant’s underground shelters in a UN-led operation over the weekend were received. They had been expected to arrive in Zaporizhzhia earlier in the day. Credit: Zvezda News via Storyful

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