Russia moves forces to Mariupol ahead of ‘Victory Day’ parade, officials work to rescue trapped troops

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Russia is moving troops from combat zones in Ukraine to Mariupol in arrangement for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “Triumph Day” parade in the southern harbour city, Ukraine’s Primary Directorate of Intelligence of the Service of Defense cautioned Saturday. The announcement comes fair two days some time recently military parades are scheduled to happen across Ukraine and Russia, celebrating the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany.

Ukraine’s defense ministry posted a list of more than 200 high ranking Russian military officials who have been sent to Mariupol to screen the security situation. Officials have said that Putin will utilize the parade as an endeavor to demonstrate his military success in eastern Ukraine indeed though brutal battling proceeds in the locale. Putin final month claimed victory over Mariupol in spite of Russia’s failure to completely take the city. Fighting proceeds from the Ukrainian resistance’s last stronghold in Mariupol beneath the Azovstal steel plant where an evaluated 200 civilians and soldiers remain caught.

Ukrainian troopers have refused to yield and concerns have increasingly mounted that Russian forces will totally wipe out the remaining survivors by the May 9 parade. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a late-night address that he was continuing to thrust the Russians to honor a ceasefire and permit the clearing of the remaining Ukrainians holed up.

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