Russia-backed separatists say 900 Ukrainian troops surrendered at metal plant, disputing earlier figures

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The Russia-controlled Donetsk administration mentioned over 900 Ukrainian troops surrendered the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, a determine a lot bigger than beforehand reported.

“In total, 962 Ukrainian militants surrendered from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol,” the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR) Territorial Protection Headquarters mentioned.

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The DPR is the official title of the Russia-backed separatist group in Donetsk. 

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (Donetsk People's Republic Interior Ministry Press Service via AP)

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Mix Azovstal in Mariupol, on Wednesday, Could 4, 2022. (Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Inside Ministry Press Service through AP)
(Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Inside Ministry Press Service through AP)

Combined experiences have emerged regarding the variety of Ukrainian personnel that had been evacuated from the plant upon its give up, as early estimates put the determine between a couple of hundred and 1,000, Ukraine’s army mentioned.

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The latest determine comes as DPR’s personal report from the day before today mentioned: “256 Ukrainian militants had surrendered.”

Smoke rises above the Mariupol Azovstal Iron and Steel Works factory on April 21.

Smoke rises above the Mariupol Azovstal Iron and Metal Works manufacturing facility on April 21.
(REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the evacuation of Ukrainian troops throughout his nightly handle Monday, with out revealing the precise variety of troops who had been evacuated.  

“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle. I think that every adequate person will understand these words,” Zelenskyy mentioned. 

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A lot of the personnel who had been evacuated had been despatched to Russia-controlled cities, Ukraine’s army mentioned.

“Thanks to the actions of the Ukrainian military – the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intelligence, the negotiating team, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations, we hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys. Among them are the seriously wounded, they are being provided with medical aid,” Zelenskyy added.

An Azov Special Forces Regiment's serviceman inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Dmytro 'Orest' Kozatskyi/Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office via AP)

An Azov Particular Forces Regiment’s serviceman contained in the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Could 10, 2022. (Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace through AP)
(Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace through AP)

 

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These trapped below the Azovstal metal plant included civilians and Ukrainian forces, many severely injured and lacking limbs, as Russian forces took the rest of town. 

Humanitarian corridors had been opened for a few of the civilians following profitable negotiations. Most of the civilians had been additionally taken to Russian-occupied territories. 

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