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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated Friday that the U.S. believes Mariupol is “contested” regardless of Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday declaring a victory there and making a “big show” out of telling his troops to not invade a metal manufacturing facility the place Ukrainian troopers and civilians are believed to be taking cowl.
Kirby made the remarks to CNN after Putin waved off the Russian navy assault in an obvious bid to unencumber his troops for the broader marketing campaign within the east. Putin as an alternative known as for a blockade of the manufacturing facility.
Kirby stated it was “unclear” why Putin did that and Putin’s phrases must be considered with skepticism.
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“They made this big show yesterday of him saying he wasn’t gonna go into that plant and try to eradicate the people that are there,” Kirby advised CNN on Friday. “I think we have to watch and see what the Russians actually do here.”
“We would tell you this morning is that we still assess that Mariupol is contested, that it hasn’t been taken by the Russians and that there’s still an active Ukrainian resistance,” he continued. “So they continue to fight for that city.”
President Biden, chatting with reporters Thursday, stated on the time “there is no evidence yet that Mariupol has completely fallen,” calling Putin’s claims of victory there “questionable.”
Biden stated Russia ought to permit residents and civilians holed up within the metal manufacturing facility and different locations there to evacuate safely.
The Related Press contributed to this report.