Mariupol road signs turned Russian ahead of Victory Day parade

Pro-Moscow separatists were pictured removing Ukrainian and English language signs and replacing them with Russian ones outside the besieged city of Mariupol.

A statement from the Donetsk People’s Republic said on Thursday that ‘updated road signs’ had been erected outside the southeastern port city, which has been the focal point of some of the Russian bombings. the most formidable.

“Work to change road signs in the liberated territory will continue,” the statement added.

The separatist group released a number of images of city workers wearing orange vests swapping signs that were previously in Ukrainian and English and installing new ones in Russian.

It comes as Ukrainian troops in Mariupol prepare for further attacks by Russian forces on steel mills in Azovstal on Saturday in a bid to capture the city in time for Victory Day celebrations.

The Russian Monday holiday commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945 and the end of World War II. The day is usually marked by displays of military might, fireworks and marching troops.

“These symbolic dates are for the Russian aggressor like red for a bull,” Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin said. “As the entire civilized world these days remembers the victims of terrible wars, the Russian Federation wants parades and prepares to dance on bones in Mariupol.”

The steel plant is the last part of the city still in the hands of Ukrainian fighters. Dozens of civilians were trapped alongside them in the factory for weeks with little food, water or medicine.

Municipal workers changed Ukrainian to Russian road signs outside the city of Mariupol

(Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic)

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night video address Friday that Ukraine was working on a diplomatic effort to rescue defenders barricaded inside the steel mill. It is not known how many Ukrainian fighters remained there.

“Influential intermediaries are involved, influential states,” he said, without giving further details.

United Nations-sponsored evacuations began last weekend for some of the hundreds of civilians who had taken refuge in a network of tunnels and bunkers under the plant. But they were stopped during the week by new fighting.

On Friday afternoon, 50 women, children and elderly people were evacuated, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, adding that the operation would continue on Saturday.

The Russian side constantly violated a ceasefire, she said, making the evacuation very slow.

Russia confirmed the number of evacuees and said: “The humanitarian operation in Azovstal will continue on May 7.”

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