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Putin Calls Off Storm of Mariupol With Ukraine Troops Surrounded

  • President orders Shoigu to seal off, not storm industrial zone
  • Strategic port is key to Russian efforts to link up to Crimea
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WATCH: Putin ordered the Russian military not to storm the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol after claiming victory in the battle for the port city. (Russian with English subtitles)Source: Bloomberg
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President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia had seized Ukraine’s Mariupol even as his defense minister said more than 2,000 opposing troops remain holed up in an industrial complex in the strategic southern port city.