Latest Military Situation in Mariupol, 16 April 2022 (Map Update)
ISWNews Analysis Group: Russian and DPR forces captured the Ilich iron and steel plant in the north of Mariupol.
The Ilyich iron and steel plant was one of the main strongholds of the Ukrainian forces in the northern city of Mariupol, which was mostly defended by the forces of the 36th Ukrainian Marine Brigade. A few days ago, a number of Ukrainian forces in the area surrendered to the DPR (Donetsk) forces.
Southwest of the city, Russian and DPR forces took full control of the coastline, and the siege of Ukrainian forces in the Primorskyi district was intensified. Ukrainian forces are currently under siege in the Primorskyi district west of the city and Azovstal in the east of Mariupol.
Clashes and artillery shelling and airstrikes against Ukrainian forces continue in the Azovstal area.
In Primorskyi it is very unlikely that the resistance of the Ukrainian forces will last more than a few days, but the situation in the Azovstal industrial zone is very different, and if the Ukrainian forces have enough food and ammunition they can resist much longer.