US State Department denies Russia's claims about capture of Mariupol

22 April, 11:42 AM
The U.S. State Department called the statement of the Russian Federation about the victory in Mariupol disinformation (Photo:REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

The U.S. State Department called the statement of the Russian Federation about the victory in Mariupol disinformation (Photo:REUTERS/Chingis Kondarov)

The U.S. State Department called Moscow’s statements about the "victory" and "liberation" of the Ukrainian Donbas port city of Mariupol disinformation, during an Apr. 21 briefing, noting that instead, Russia had focused its efforts on a brutal attack on both civilians in Mariupol and its defenders.

The day before, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated at a meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin that Russian troops had taken control of the strategic Donbas city, except for the territory of Azovstal steelworks. The Russian leader ordered to stop a planned storming of the facility, calling it inexpedient. 

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According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, Russia’s statements are meant to distract from the inefficiency of the Russian armed forces and their inability to achieve their original goals in Ukraine. 

"We understand that Ukraine’s forces continue to hold their ground, and there is every reason to believe that President Putin and his defense minister’s show for the media, what we saw in recent hours, is even yet more disinformation from their well-worn playbook," Price said. 

He also noted that the Kremlin's plan for Ukrainians in Azovstal is to "try to starve them out by sealing off the facility." 

Price also stressed that partners around the world "are using the leverage they have with the Russian Federation" to save Ukrainians remaining in Mariupol.

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