DISCLOSURE: Sourced from Russian government funded media
Original videos can be seen here:
DPR units are advancing rapidly deep into the city, cutting through the enemy. The defences of the AFU and nationalist units are disorganised and overall leadership is lost. AFU units are forced to retreat, reducing their line of defence. There are reports of heavy losses on the part of the AFU. There is a lot of abandoned military equipment, weapons and ammunition. The advancing DPR units are also suffering losses.
Russian Black Sea Fleet ships are supporting the operation to take Mariupol with fire.
On the afternoon of 16.03.2022, the patrol ship "Vasily Bykov" of the project 22160 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy entered Sevastopol after completing tasks at sea. pic.twitter.com/tVOp65yLf8
— David Kime (@CyberRealms1) March 16, 2022
The favoured method of launch during this period was Frigate or submarine. But which vessels are firing these? Well only a few vessels in the Black Sea Fleet are capable of carrying Kalibr, & these belong to the 30th Surface Ship Div & 4th Independent Submarine Bde. Pic navy reco pic.twitter.com/4ev8gLZV0c
— Ben Skipper 💙 (@BenJSkipper) March 16, 2022
Local residents help the DPR forces by pointing out locations and firing positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Against this backdrop, panic videos from members of nationalist units in Mariupol started pouring into the media space calling on everyone to shout that Mariupol is Ukraine and that the DPR and Russian Federation must urgently stop an attack on Mariupol.
Listen, because you need to understand the situation and act. Remind us about Mariupol. Shout about it. Because we don’t want to be heroes and martyrs posthumously.
The members of the nationalist battalions are well aware that they have little chance of surviving if they encounter DNR servicemen from Mariupol and its suburbs or being captured by locals. Their actions in the city have put them in an almost hopeless position.
The video below shows the deputy commander of the Azov nationalist regiment calling on Ukrainian citizens to save them.
Address from the Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment Captain Svyatoslav Palamar from the besieged city of Mariupol. 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/RPA7fGckC7
— Belisarius🇺🇦 (@herzogg96) March 16, 2022
Lo que no nos cuentan de Mariupol:"nos ha disparado el ejército ucraniano. El alcalde nos anima a luchar contra tropas rusas con cócteles. Estamos rodeados de fuerzas fascistas ucranianas, Azov. . Sin gas luz agua y autoridades ucranianas dicen que Rusia y Putin están derrotados https://t.co/FHNrpC7zB0
— Aliena18 (@unmundosinfin18) March 16, 2022
Looks like RU managed to get into downtown Mariupol
It's almost over
Azov has been calling daily for Ukraine to send a big army to break them free but no such thing can or will happen https://t.co/0nhUXXca8S
— Cyberpunk Napoleon (@napoleon21st) March 16, 2022
Ucciso Oleg Mityaev. È il quarto generale russo morto in Ucraina, era a capo di un'unità di fanteria meccanizzata, ed è stato ucciso in combattimenti vicino a Mariupol (La foto del suo cadavere è stata postata dal reggimento ucraino Azov). pic.twitter.com/5aHX3AY3so
— tanino ferri (@taninoferri) March 16, 2022
#MARIUPOL—As of 16:00, March 16, 2022
—#Russia|n and #DNR forces yesterday had cut through neo-#Nazi #Azov & #Ukraine|ian defences from the east, on the #LeftBank, and entered the territory of #Azovstal Steel Works, where they engaged the opponent in battle, still ongoing. 2/3 pic.twitter.com/XMWaSoYKZw
— Gleb Bazov (@gbazov) March 16, 2022