Russian-backed forces reject prisoner swap for troopers trapped in Mariupol metal plant

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Russian-backed Donbas separatist forces on Thursday stated they won’t comply with any deal to extract Ukrainian troops holed up within the Mariupol Azovstal metal plant.   

Chief of the Donetsk Folks’s Republic, a separatist group in south-eastern Ukraine, stated Russian troops had been persevering with their assault on the metal plant after civilian evacuations had been accomplished almost every week in the past, Ukrainian information shops reported. 

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

On this picture offered by Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace, an Azov Particular Forces Regiment’s serviceman, injured throughout preventing in opposition to Russian forces, poses for a photographer contained in the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Might 10, 2022. 
(Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace through AP)

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“Everything is going smoothly there,” Denys Pushylin reportedly told Donbas Information. “Everything is clear. There are no civilians, so our units can bring this situation to a logical conclusion with a clear head, with clear calculations.” 

Pushylin referred to as on the Ukrainian resistance fighters to “lay down their arms and head to a tribunal.” 

“This is no extradition,” he added, claiming that occupying forces need the Ukrainian troopers to decide to an “honorable surrender.” 

Ukrainian troops within the tunnels of the metal plant – the final stronghold for the resistance in Mariupol – have stated they won’t give up to the invading Russian forces and have referred to as on Ukrainian officers to facilitate their escape.

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 picture offered by Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace, Azov Particular Forces Regiment’s servicemen, injured throughout preventing in opposition to Russian forces, pose for a photographer contained in the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Might 10, 2022.
(Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace through AP)

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Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk introduced Saturday that the humanitarian mission in Mariupol had been accomplished and that every one ladies, youngsters and the aged had been efficiently evacuated. 

Nevertheless it stays unclear if civilian males had been barred from the evacuation course of.

Vereshchuk stated Thursday that a prisoner swap for the severely wounded servicemen in Mariupol had been proposed in trade for captured Russian prisoners of struggle.

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

On this picture offered by Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace, an Azov Particular Forces Regiment’s serviceman, injured throughout preventing in opposition to Russian forces, poses for a photographer contained in the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Might 10, 2022. 
(Dmytro ‘Orest’ Kozatskyi/Azov Particular Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian Nationwide Guard Press Workplace through AP)

  

“There is no agreement yet. Negotiations are ongoing,” she stated in a Telegram publish. “As of now, it is impossible to unblock Azovstal by military means.” 

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Vereshchuk stated Kyiv was engaged on a number of “options” in an try to save lots of its service members

“None of them are perfect. But we are not looking for an ideal option, but a working one,” she added.

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