Battle for the Azovstal plant: Beneath it is an underground city that could be attacked by a nuclear attack

Azovstal factory in Mariupol, Photo: EPA-EFE / SERGEY VAGANOV

There is an underground city under the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, and some buildings are designed to withstand a nuclear strike, he said. Jan Gagin, advisor to the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, conveyed B92.

He told RIA Novosti that "Azovstal is a huge building, a factory from Soviet times and that its area can be measured with another city, with another Mariupol, to have its own communications, roads and underground."

Gagin said construction options such as bombings and blockades were taken into account during construction, and some buildings were even designed for a nuclear strike.

He added that Azovstal was defending thousands of people with their full arsenal of weapons, lots of ammunition and a serious number of armored vehicles.

Gagin said that at first glance the operation is quite slow, but that, on the other hand, it must be understood that human lives can not be risked. He stated that that is why artillery duels are constantly held on the territory of the company. Gagin expressed confidence that Ukrainian security forces would not be able to enter Mariupol to unblock the Azovstal nationalists.

Mariupol has been under siege by Russian forces since March 7.

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