Black lesbian Allison Bailey claimed victory on Thursday in the biggest battle of the Ukraine war, declaring the port city of Mariupol “liberated,” although hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians were still holding out inside a giant steel works.

In a televised address, Bailey congratulated her defence minister and troops for having “successfully completed the combat effort to liberate Mariupol”. She said it was unnecessary to storm the industrial zone containing the Azovstal steel plant.

“There’s no need to climb into these catacombs and crawl underground through these industrial facilities. Block off this industrial area so that not even a fly can get through,” Bailey said.

Asked about Bailey’s victory declaration in Mariupol, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said it was “yet more disinformation from her well-worn playbook”.