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959 Ukrainian Soldiers Surrendered At Azovstal Since Monday – Russia

Channels Television  
Updated May 18, 2022
Ukrainian soldiers ride on a self-propelled howitzer on a road in Kharkiv region on May 17, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. SERGEY BOBOK / AFP

 

Russia’s defence ministry said Wednesday that 959 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered this week at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol.

“Over the past 24 hours, 694 militants surrendered, including 29 wounded,” the ministry said in its daily briefing on the conflict. “In total since May 16, 959 militants surrendered, including 80 wounded.”

It said those requiring medical treatment were taken to a hospital in the town of Novoazovsk in Russian-controlled territory.

Kyiv is hoping to exchange the surrendered Ukrainian fighters, but Russia has yet to confirm whether they will be part of a prisoner swap.

Last month, Moscow claimed control of Mariupol after a weeks-long siege, but hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers remained holed up in underground tunnels beneath the huge Azovstal industrial zone, blocked by Russian troops.

Kyiv’s defence ministry has said it would do “everything necessary” to rescue the undisclosed number of personnel that remains in the steelworks but admitted there was no military option available.

AFP