According to Shoigu, the blocking of the plant continues, in addition to the surrendered military, 177 civilians left Azovstal. /756530386073392.jpg” alt=”Shoigu reported more than 1,900 surrendered soldiers from Azovstal” />
From the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, 1908 soldiers from among the forces controlled by Kyiv came out and surrendered, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the board of the department, TASS reports.
“The blockade of the Azovstal plant continues. Civilians were evacuated from the territory of the plant, who were held there by Ukrainian nationalists. 177 people were rescued, including 85 women and 47 children. All received qualified medical and psychological assistance. The nationalists blocked at the plant began to surrender. At the moment, 1908 people have laid down their arms,— Shoigu said, noting that 1,387 Ukrainian marines had previously laid down their arms.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to block the territory of “Azovstal” after Shoigu's report on the capture of Mariupol under the control of Russian troops. After that, negotiations were intensified on the evacuation of civilians and the withdrawal of the military from the territory of the plant, including with the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The evacuation of civilians took place from 5 to 7 May.
A week and a half later, a group of military negotiators with white flags left the plant. They discussed routes for the evacuation of the wounded, which began on 16 May. According to the Ministry of Defense, by May 18, Azovstal 959 soldiers blocked there left. At the same time, the commander of the battalion “Vostok” Alexander Khodakovsky of the Donetsk People’s Republic said that more than 700 people passed through just one area controlled by the DPR forces in a day. “Total through our site for today— 785 people. I look at this case … yesterday 600, today almost 800 only on our site <…> There are really more of them than we were, and still are,»,— he wrote in Telegram.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk reported that as of May 10, Azovstal there were more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she emphasized in an interview with AFP. A similar assessment was given by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin— about 1.2 thousand military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On May 19, he said that more than half of the Ukrainian military had left the plant.
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