Ukrainian Azovstal metal plant troopers who surrendered turned POWs, Pink Cross registry confirms

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The Ukrainian troopers who surrendered Mariupol’s Azovstal metal plant after weeks of defiance have develop into prisoners of struggle in Russian-controlled areas, the Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross confirmed this week.

The ICRC registered a whole bunch of the POWs, which means the group has private particulars about every service member. 

The POWs are being held in a separatist-controlled area of jap Ukraine, the group mentioned. 

“The registration process that the ICRC facilitated involves the individual filling out a form with personal details like name, date of birth and closest relative,” a press release from the Pink Cross mentioned Thursday. “This information allows the ICRC to track those who have been captured and help them keep in touch with their families.”

The registrations began on Tuesday, the Pink Cross mentioned, including that the work continued via Thursday. 

AZOVSTAL FIGHTERS WILL FACE RUSSIAN INTERROGATION, COURT 

Red Cross staff drive by in their vehicles to the besieged Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant to observe the evacuation of Ukrainian servicemen from Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo)

Pink Cross employees drive by of their autos to the besieged Mariupol’s Azovstal metal plant to look at the evacuation of Ukrainian servicemen from Azovstal metal plant, in Mariupol, in territory beneath the federal government of the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, jap Ukraine, Wednesday, Could 18, 2022. (AP Picture)
(AP Picture)

The Pink Cross said that the 1949 Geneva Conventions mandate that the group be given rapid entry to POWs “in all places where they are held. The ICRC must be allowed to interview prisoners of war without witnesses, and the duration and frequency of these visits should not be unduly restricted.”

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RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATISTS SAY 900 UKRAINIAN TROOPS SURRENDERED AT STEEL PLANT, DISPUTING EARLIER FIGURES 

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 left the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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 left the besieged Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Russian Protection Ministry Press Service by way of AP)
(Russian Protection Ministry Press Service by way of AP)

Russia mentioned almost 1,000 of the final defenders holed up contained in the plant – Mariupol’s final pocket of resistance – had surrendered. 

Ukraine’s army made no point out of Mariupol in its early morning briefing Thursday, saying solely that Russian forces have been nonetheless urgent their offensive on varied sections of the entrance within the east, however have been being efficiently repelled.

UKRAINE STRIKES DEAL TO EVACUATE AROUND 50 WOUNDED FIGHTERS FROM MARIUPOL AZOVSTAL FACTORY 

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

A serviceman of Donetsk People's Republic militia stands guard not far from the besieged Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo)

A serviceman of Donetsk Individuals’s Republic militia stands guard not removed from the besieged Mariupol’s Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, in territory beneath the federal government of the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, jap Ukraine, Wednesday, Could 18, 2022. (AP Picture)
(AP Picture)

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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