Russia announces complete surrender of resistance at steel mill in Mariupol

The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Choigu, announced this Friday (20) the complete surrender of the Ukrainian resistance at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, after the last 531 fighters who were at the scene surrendered.

According to the ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, among the last to surrender are the commanders of the Azov Battalion, a nationalist regiment. of neo-Nazi profile who was integrated into the Ukrainian army and which, according to the Russian government, is made up of war criminals.

According to Konashenkov, the commander of the Azov Battalion was evacuated in an armored vehicle. . The general, however, did not disclose the name of the Ukrainian fighter.

It is likely that this is Denis Prokorenko, who on Friday morning, in a video, had expressed confidence that the members of the resistance in Azovstal would be involved in exchanges for Russian prisoners of war.

Konashenkov also did not give details on the fate of the Ukrainian fighters who were at the steel plant.

Previously , a part of the Azovstal fighters had been taken to Russian territory, while another to areas controlled by the pro-Russian militias that command the province of Donetsk.

Since last Sunday, 2 have surrendered. 439 Ukrainian fighters, largely members of the Azov Battalion, point out Russian sources.

In the morning, Choigu had informed the evacuation of 177 ) civilians from the plant, including 85 women and 47 minors. All were sheltered in the facility, which suffered heavy attacks for weeks.

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