A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine hails Mariupol defenders as heroes

They kept Russian forces at bay for 82 days of siege and bombardment

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  • Ukrainian tanks move into the city, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    Ukrainian tanks move into the city, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, February 24. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

  • Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that fell in the street in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

    Police officers inspect the remains of a missile that fell in the street in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

  • Cars drive towards the exit of the city in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

    Cars drive towards the exit of the city in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

  • A view shows a building of a military base, which, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, was damaged by fire in the town of Brovary, near Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/via REUTERS

    A view shows a building of a military base, which, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, was damaged by fire in the town of Brovary, near Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24. State Emergency Service of Ukraine/via REUTERS

  • Military vehicles are seen on a street on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

    Military vehicles are seen on a street on the outskirts of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

  • Ukrainian tanks move into the city in Mariupol, February 24. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    Ukrainian tanks move into the city in Mariupol, February 24. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

  • Two women react after crossing the Polish border, after fleeing Ukraine, in Medyka, Poland, February 24. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

    Two women react after crossing the Polish border, after fleeing Ukraine, in Medyka, Poland, February 24. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

  • People hold up candles during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom BrennerPeople

    People hold up candles during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom BrennerPeople

  • US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and members of Congress participate in a prayer vigil on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and members of Congress participate in a prayer vigil on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • A US Capitol police officer stands watch during a prayer vigil in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    A US Capitol police officer stands watch during a prayer vigil in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold a candlelight vigil outside the D.C. Jail in Washington to protest the detention of those who have been charged with various offenses during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

    Supporters of former President Donald Trump hold a candlelight vigil outside the D.C. Jail in Washington to protest the detention of those who have been charged with various offenses during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters, in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

  • Democratic supporters of President Joe Biden hold letter-signs reading all together 'Senate, Act Now' during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

    Democratic supporters of President Joe Biden hold letter-signs reading all together 'Senate, Act Now' during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in observance of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

  • Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

    Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

  • A reveller looks at fireworks explode over the UAP Old Mutual Tower during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

    A reveller looks at fireworks explode over the UAP Old Mutual Tower during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

  • Visitors look at the first sunrise of the year at the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo, Japan.? REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    Visitors look at the first sunrise of the year at the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo, Japan.? REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon