The Ministry of Defense announced the liberation of the territory of Azovstal
In total, 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered, blocked at Azovstal. The commander of “Azov” was taken out of the territory of the plant in an armored car because of “the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire for reprisals against him,” the Defense Ministry said
Those who surrendered on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol
The territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” completely released in Mariupol, said the official representative of the department, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President “on the completion of the operation and the complete release” territory of “Azovstal” and Mariupol. According to the Ministry of Defense, on May 20, the last group of fighters of the Azov National Battalion surrendered. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) — 531 people. A total of 2,439 Ukrainian soldiers have laid down their arms and surrendered since May 16.
The underground facilities of the plant came under the control of the Russian armed forces.
Commander of “Azov” Denis Prokopenko “because of the hatred of Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities” taken out of the plant in a special armored car, said Konashenkov.
Earlier on May 20, the correspondent of Channel One Irina Kuksenkova reported that Prokopenko (Redis), his deputy Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the plant and handed over their weapons.
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At the end of April, Vladimir Putin ordered to cancel the assault on Azovstal. and block its territory, after Shoigu announced complete control over Mariupol, with the exception of the industrial zone, where the “remnants of the nationalist formations” took refuge.
The Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters at Azovstal 16th of May. As Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk previously reported, there were more than 1,000 Ukrainian military personnel on the territory of the plant.
Kyiv expects to exchange those who surrendered for Azovstal. In the Kremlin, when asked whether the Russian side considered these fighters prisoners of war, they recommended contacting the military department. “The only thing I want to remind you is [Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international laws,” — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov stressed.
At the same time, State Duma committees were instructed to work on the issue of banning the exchange of “Nazis” who are “war criminals”; and must be brought to justice. On the need for a tribunal over those who surrendered at Azovstal Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR, also spoke.
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