Russia has claimed on Tuesday that several dozens of wounded soldiers have surrendered at Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol port city.
The battle for Russia’s plans to take up strategically the important city is done.
“Over the past 24 hours, 265 militants have dropped down their arms and surrendered. Including 51 heavily wounded”, the Russian defence ministry said.
The ministry added that those who are in need of extreme medical emergency were transferred to a hospital.
The speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that “Nazi criminals should not be subject to a prisoner exchange”.
While he did not mention Azovstal in particular, Moscow has on several occasions said that soldiers defending Azovstal steel plant considered “Nazi” by Russian authorities. As well as are among the soldiers trapped at the steelworks.
Regardless of who might. We think they are the prisoners of war and they must be laid down to justice said Speaker.
Ukraine’s defence ministry said late Monday that 264 Ukrainian Azovstal defenders were evacuated to Russia-controlled territory. Including 53 “heavily wounded” troops.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar said they would be subject to an “exchange procedure”.
Though Moscow did claim the whole of Mariupol last month. Azovstal steel plant Ukraine soldiers were fighting till the end. They were battling firmly against Russian aggression.
Therefore, Ukraine is now only left with stories of braveries to cherish for generations at the plant, now.