The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on May 20, the last group of Ukrainian soldiers blocked there left the territory of Azovstal – 531 people
The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video of the exit of the last group of Ukrainian soldiers who were blocked at the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, from the territory of the plant.
On the footage, the Russian military asks if there are officers among those who came out, examine people's things, search them and force them to undress and show tattoos on their bodies.
According to the Russian ministry, on Friday, May 20, 531 people left the plant; from May 16 & mdash; 2439. The department calls them “Nazis” Azov ” (some of the materials of the organization have been recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov reported that the territory of “Azovstal” “completely released”, the head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, reported this to President Vladimir Putin.
The Ukrainian side has previously said that it hopes to exchange the wounded soldiers for Azovstal. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, forwarded the question to the Defense Ministry about whether Moscow considered those taken from the plant to be prisoners of war. At the same time, the Russian State Duma is discussing the issue of a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can be brought to justice (the Russian authorities have repeatedly called the Azov battalion a neo-Nazi association).
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