Ukraine war situation report – day 85
May 19, 2022 - Moscow says more than 900 Ukrainian fighters from the Mariupol steelworks have been taken to a former prison colony, as Russia continues to shell the remaining Ukrainian defenders in the steel plant.
Russia said on Wednesday an additional 694 more fighters had surrendered, bringing the total number to 959.
Mariupol is the biggest city Russia has captured so far and allows Russian President Vladimir Putin to claim a rare victory in the invasion it began on Feb 24.
Since then, Russian attacks have reduced cities and towns to ruins, thousands have been killed and more than six million people have fled to neighbouring countries.