The number of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in the steel mills of Azovstal is increasing. The Red Cross has registered several hundreds, Russia claims it is around 1,730, NTB writes.
Separatists in the Donetsk region, which now controls Mariupol, claim that more than half of Ukrainian soldiers at steel plants have been captured, according to the DPA news agency.
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The International Committee of the Red Cross confirms that there are more wounded. The ICRC began registering Ukrainian prisoners on Tuesday in agreement with the two warring countries.
The Azovstal steel plants were the last stronghold of the Ukrainian forces in the city of Mariupol. What will happen to the commanders of the Azov battalion is still uncertain, but the Ukrainian authorities Thursday night released a video clip with Svyatoslav “Kalina” Palamar.
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He says here that he is still at the Azovstal steel plant with other leaders, but he cannot give any details about the ongoing operation.
– Thank you very much for all the support, says Ballamare in the video.
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The Azov Regiment was originally a radical right-wing militia that has since been integrated into the Ukrainian defense, and plays a major role in Russian propaganda.
– Vyacheslav Volodin, the leader of the State Duma, said that among them are war criminals, and we must do everything to punish them.
He did not provide evidence for his allegations.
Russia’s largest federal investigative unit claims to be interrogating soldiers to “identify nationalists” and find out if they were involved in civil crimes. The Russian Prosecutor General asked the country’s Supreme Court to define the Azov Regiment as a terrorist organization.
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