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'Hundreds' injured, trapped in battered Mariupol steel plant; Biden fears Putin has no Ukraine exit strategy

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Many badly wounded fighters are among the 1,000 Ukrainian troops still holed up at the sprawling Azovstal steel plant, the last major holdout in the port city of Mariupol, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Tuesday.

About 100 civilians also remain trapped in the maze of bunkers and tunnels, she said.

"Hundreds are injured," Vereshchuk told AFP. "There are people with serious injuries who require urgent evacuation. The situation is deteriorating every day."

Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, said Russian bombardments have targeted the complex dozens of times in the last day or so.

"It is easier to say when the shelling does not happen than when it happens," he said. "Aviation and artillery are almost constantly at work there."


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