President Putin orders troops to block Azovstal plant in Mariupol


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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a blockade of the Azovstal plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol instead of storming it, local media reported. The order was given after Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin that the Russian military had controlled Mariupol apart from the plant where Ukrainian servicemen were still holed up, Xinhua news agency quoted the local media as saying.