According to Zelensky, more than 2.5 thousand Ukrainian soldiers left Azovstal. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that 2,439 people had surrendered confirmed the surrender of 2.5 thousand soldiers from Azovstal” />
Surrendered soldiers of the Ukrainian army from the territory of the plant “Azovstal”
More than 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal plant are in captivity, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told journalists.
According to him, the issue of the exchange of prisoners is handled by the Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) . His first task was to get the Ukrainian military out of the plant alive, and the GUR fulfilled it, the president said.
“There is a second part for today: to bring them home alive. <…> I personally trust them. We are waiting for their results. But we can't ask them every day: “Well, what's there?” said Zelensky (quote from Interfax-Ukraine).
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the complete “liberation” of Mariupol on May 20, a little less than three months after the start of the special operation. Until that time, the Azovstal metallurgical plant remained the main center of resistance in the city, where, in addition to the Ukrainian military, there were civilians, the wounded and members of the Azov battalion.
Initially, they wanted to take the plant by storm, but on April 21, President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian military “does not need to climb into these catacombs,” and ordered the industrial zone to be blocked. After that, with the mediation of the UN, negotiations on the evacuation of civilians and the military intensified. In early May, civilians were first taken out of the plant, then the wounded were evacuated, and later the military began to surrender.
May 20 Azovstal passed under the complete control of Russian forces. According to the Ministry of Defense, 2,439 fighters of the Azov regiment surrendered. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and the Ukrainian military.
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Kyiv hopes to exchange these people. At the same time, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that those who had surrendered from Azovstal a tribunal inevitably awaits, and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to ban the exchange of “war criminals”.
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politician, President of Ukraine
January 25, 1978