Azovstal Fully Released, 2,400 Surrender

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The surrendered Azov militant unit at the Azovstal steel plant walks on the street in the city of Mariupol, Donetsk People’s Republic. Foto/Sputnik/Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW – The entire territory of the Azovstal factory complex in Mariupol has been liberated, according to an announcement by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday (20/5/2022).

More than 2,400 people who had been besieged in it for nearly a month, including Ukrainian soldiers and members of Azov’s neo-Nazi unit, have laid down their arms and surrendered.

“The last group of 531 militants surrendered today,” Russian military spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

He added that a total of “2,439 Nazi Azov” and Ukrainian soldiers have laid down their weapons since May 16, and the entire Azovstal complex is now under the control of the Russian armed forces.

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Azov and the remnants of regular Ukrainian troops retreated to the sprawling steel mill on the Mariupol coast, where they had been under siege since April 21.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military not to storm the compound but blockade it “so that a fly cannot get inside” and forced the militants to surrender.

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