Ukrainian National Guard commander thinks the battle for Mariupol is far from over

A commander of a unit in the Azov Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard on Thursday said the battle for Mariupol was far from over.Konstantin Nemichev, who heads the Kraken unit, admitted the situation in the besieged port city was hard.But Azov soldiers continued to hold off thousands of Russian forces, Nemichev told The Associated Press.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday claimed control over Mariupol, even as its defenders are still holding out at a giant seaside steel mill.His statement reflected the importance of the city on the Sea of Azov.It appeared to be an attempt to declare victory without storming the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance there: the Azovstal plant.Nemichev's fighters are among the troops holding up the defence at the massive mill.

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