Russia claims over 1,700 Ukrainian troopers give up in Mariupol

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Russia claimed on Thursday that some 1,730 Ukrainian troopers have surrendered from Mariupol’s Azovstal metal plant this week which far outstrips the numbers Kyiv has reported. 

Ukrainian officers acknowledged that the metal plant – which grew to become a logo for resistance in opposition to Russia’s invasion – fell this week after 265 troopers holed up within the plant’s tunnels surrendered to Russian forces, together with 52 severely injured troopers. 

However Moscow’s figures on the variety of surrendered troops has continued to climb every day.

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Ukrainian servicemen stand in font of a Russian serviceman after they leaved the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.

On this photograph taken from video launched by the Russian Protection Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Could 18, 2022, Ukrainian servicemen stand in font of a Russian serviceman after they leaved the besieged Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
(Russian Protection Ministry Press Service by way of AP)

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Russia’s Ministry of International Affairs took to Telegram Thursday to assert that one other 771 troopers had turned themselves over prior to now 24 hours.

Day by day Submit has been unable to succeed in Ukraine’s protection ministry to confirm the Kremlin’s claims.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereschuk mentioned this week that she was working to safe a prisoner trade for roughly 50 wounded Ukrainian servicemen, however officers have remained tight-lipped on any negotiations. 

A number of Russian officers have rejected prisoner swap proposals for any soldier who fought from the Azovstal metal plant, whereas others have known as for blanket executions. 

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, wounded Ukrainian servicemen lay in a bus as they are being evacuated as they are being evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. 

On this photograph taken from video launched by the Russian Protection Ministry Press Service on Tuesday, Could 17, 2022, wounded Ukrainian servicemen lay in a bus as they’re being evacuated as they’re being evacuated from the besieged Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. 
(Russian Protection Ministry Press Service by way of AP)

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Chief from the self-proclaimed Donetsk Folks’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, mentioned they need to face their “fate” by a Russian court docket. 

The combat in Mariupol was among the many most brutal in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion started in February and troopers, together with civilians, have been pressured to bunker within the tunnels deep beneath the Azovstal metal plant for months. 

Humanitarian evacuations have been ultimately secured for the civilians trapped within the plant and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, together with the United Nations and the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross, are working to safe a prisoner trade.

Mariupol metropolis mayor Vadym Boichenko mentioned Wednesday that it was “good news” that Zelenskyy was instantly concerned within the trade mission however mentioned the scenario stays “quite difficult.”

In this photo provided by Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office, Azov Special Forces Regiment's servicemen, injured during fighting against Russian forces, pose for a photographer inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 

On this photograph supplied by Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace, Azov Particular Forces Regiment’s servicemen, injured throughout combating in opposition to Russian forces, pose for a photographer 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 by way of AP)

“This topic is of a very delicate nature and the negotiation mission is very fragile today,” he mentioned throughout a briefing.

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It’s unclear what number of Ukrainian troopers stay in Mariupol however Pushilin claimed Wednesday that there isn’t any file of any high commanders having surrendered with their troops.

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