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Aerial pics reveal Mariupol’s devastated steelworks after missile blitz

AERIAL pics of Mariupol’s devastated Azovstal steelworks show its smashed and smoking ruins after a relentless blitz of Russian missiles, bombs and bullets.

Nearly 2,500 brave Ukrainian defenders who finally surrendered last week after 82 days are now in Russian hands amid fears for their safety.

Nearly 2,500 Ukrainians surrendered after 82 days of defending Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, shown in ruins in this aerial picture

Nearly 2,500 Ukrainians surrendered after 82 days of defending Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, shown in ruins in this aerial picture
Defenders of the legendary Azov Regiment held out in seven miles of bomb-proof tunnels for an incredible 82 days

Defenders of the legendary Azov Regiment held out in seven miles of bomb-proof tunnels for an incredible 82 daysCredit: Reuters

Ukrainian defenders of the legendary Azov Regiment held out in seven miles of bomb-proof tunnels under the vast industrial site.

But aerial images of the smashed and smoking ruins bore testament to their courage under a blizzard of Russian missiles, bombs and bullets.

They left after Red Cross and UN officials brokered a deal to swap them for captured Russians.

But Russian officials and state media are now calling for them to face war crime trials and the death penalty branding them “neo-Nazis criminals.”

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The Azov fighter’s defence of the strategic port city has been hailed as a turning point of the war after it bought Ukraine vital time to prepare defences.

But it came at a cost of 20,000 Ukrainian lives – and the near total destruction of the once prosperous port city.

But they are now are now in Russian hands hands amid fears for their safety

But they are now are now in Russian hands hands amid fears for their safetyCredit: Reuters