Monday, April 4, started with the continuation of intense clashes in the city of Mariupol, located on the bank of the Azov Sea in the east of Ukraine.
In the previous days, units of the DPR and the Russian Armed Forces carried out a series of tactical advances around the industrial and port area of the city and reached the vicinity of the Azovstal Plant – the main stronghold of the infamous Ukrainian armed faction ‘Azov Battalion’ and allied units of Kyiv’s forces. Despite this, sporadic clashes erupt time to time in the center of the city where separate mobile groups of Kyiv’s forces try to slow down the advance of DPR and Russian troops.
Destroyed equipment of Kyiv’s forces:
As of April 4, the resistance of these groups were mostly suppressed and only two resistance points of Kyiv’s forces remained in the city. These are the port and industrial areas. The city center is mostly in the hands of DPR and Russian troops.
“In Mariupol, the city is being cleaned up. Almost already control the central part. This is one of the areas that resisted us. There remains the industrial zone and the port,” a spokesman for the DPR Armed Forces, Eduard Basurin, said in a statement.
The city of Mariupol was encircled in early March. By the end of the month, the DPR claimed control of more than a half of the city and entered the central part of it. However, as of April 4, the operation to take full control of it is still ongoing. The main factor slowing down the advance is the posture of Kyiv’s forces encircled there. Members of Ukrainian units intentionally use civilians as human shield and block the evacuation of residents from the combat area via opened humanitarian corridors.
Just an ordinary member of Azov Battalion:
Therefore, DPR and Russian units are forced to operate in the conditions when they are not able to use most of their full fire power because this will lead to civilian casualties.
Russian forces in the Mariupol area:
The rescue and evacuation of civilians from areas under control of radical units loyal to the Kyiv government became an integral part of the operation. Humanitarian corridors opened by the Russians are constantly working and allow rescued people to leave the city. On top of this, on April 4, an additional corridor towards Berdyansk for the evacuation of ‘foreign citizens’ that trapped in Mariupol.
“In accordance with the request of the President of the Republic of Turkey to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, a decision was made to provide full assistance in the evacuation of citizens of foreign states held hostage by the remaining militants of nationalist battalions in certain areas of Mariupol,” the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mizintsev said.
Destroyed buildings in Mariupol:
Meanwhile, Russian-led forces continue their offensive operations in other parts of the Donbass.
In particular, DPR troops captured the fortified area and liberated the settlement of Novobakhmutovka. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, during the fighting, up to a company of Ukraine’s 25th Airborne Brigade was destroyed. At the same time, LPR troops advanced to a depth of 2 kilometers and blocked the settlement of Novotoshkivske from the east and south.
The Russian Armed Forces also continued strikes on the military infrastructure of Ukraine. On the night of April 4, the command post of the 24th separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and nearby warehouses with ammunition, weapons and military equipment were destroyed in a strike in the area of the city of Lysichansk.
The Russian side added that as a result of the April 3 strike on the Balovnoye airfield, in the suburbs of Nikolaev, three helicopters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were eliminated.
During the past night, operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 14 military facilities of Ukraine. The targets included two command posts, two launchers of Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems in the Krasnogorsk and Verkhnetoretskoye regions, an artillery battery, two depots of rocket, artillery weapons and ammunition, and three fuel depots, as well as 6 strongholds and areas of concentration of military equipment.
Also, Russian air defense forces shot down six unmanned aerial vehicles in the air in the areas of the settlements of Nikolaev, Kherson, Kurakhovka, Industrialnoye, Velyka Novoselka.
According to the Russian side, since the beginning of the special operation, Russian forces have destroyed 125 aircraft, 91 helicopters, 392 unmanned aerial vehicles, 226 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1936 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 211 multiple rocket launchers, 833 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 1810 units of special military vehicles.