With full control of Azovstal steel plant that transfixed the world for month and a tightened grip on Ukraine’s southern coast, Russia redoubled its assault on the eastern industrial heartland in Ukraine known as the Donbas. Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that Russian forces have completely liberated the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The Russian Defense Ministry said “The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, are in complete control of the Russian armed forces. All Ukrainian fighters had been removed from the underground bunkers of the factory and the last group of 531 militants surrendered. A total of 2,439 Azov Nazis and Ukrainian soldiers had laid down their arms since 16 May.” Azovstal steel plant’s owner Ukrainian steelmaker & miner Metinvest has not confirmed the Russian claim so far and its last update on 13 May had said that “Facilities in Mariupol have been affected by hostilities. Until the active stage of the Russian military aggression is stopped and reliable communications channels with the plants are re-established, it is not possible to assess its impact on the Group’s plants. When such assessment becomes possible, Metinvest will provide further updates on its plans to resume their operations.” Metinvest also said “On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine & active conflict is underway in and around several major Ukrainian cities, primarily in the south and east of the country. In response to the Ukrainian Events, Metinvest placed several of its assets in hot conservation mode, including both Mariupol steelmakers and Avdiivka Coke, which resulted in the suspension of their production. Avdiivka Coke has also been affected by hostilities. Some of the plant’s equipment is undergoing mothballing, while other equipment is currently being repaired.” At the same time, Metinvest’s management is working diligently to ensure the continuing operations of its other assets, to the extent that it is safe for its employees and subject to ongoing logistical constraints in Ukraine. As such: Kamet Steel, the Group’s steelmaker in Kamianske, Ukraine, is operating using two blast furnaces following the shutdown of blast furnace no.12 for a scheduled major overhaul Metinvest’s iron ore and coking coal assets in Ukraine are operating at around 40% and 60% of their 2021 production volumes, respectively, ensuring sufficient raw materials for Kamet Steel’s operations, while the rest is currently being exported by rail Metinvest's mining enterprises in Kryvyi Rih, Northern, Central, and Ingulets GOKs, continue operating and shipping finished products. In particular, Northern GOK is producing and shipping pellets and Ingulets GOK is making iron ore concentrate. Central GOK is producing and shipping concentrate and pellets. At the same time, the capacity utilisation at the plants is slightly lower at the present time. Metinvest’s coking coal mines in the US and re-rollers in the EU and the UK are functioning as standalone businesses, while the Group continues to support them with operational, financial and transactional expertise: United Coal in the US has shifted all volumes to the US and export customers instead of intragroup sales. Promet Steel in Bulgaria is maintaining normal operations being self-sufficient with square billets produced by Kamet Steel. Spartan UK in the UK has secured feedstock from local suppliers. Ferriera Valsider and Metinvest Trametal in Italy are to accelerate their scheduled annual maintenance to May from August, while their re-rolling operations are expected to resume in June 2022.