He said watch Reuters This is about Dozens of buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers who were hiding in the Azovstal steel plant left the Azovstal plant on Monday. s Arrived in Novoazovsk, controlled by Russia. Some of the injured had to be transported from buses on stretchers.
It was not possible to determine how many soldiers were on the buses. It was also not clear whether those on board were among the Forty wounded fighters who Ukrainian officials said were under the plant, News Agency reports.
The Ukrainian unit, hidden under the steel plants of Azovstal in Mariupol, said on Monday that Its garrison was carrying out orders given by the Ukrainian government to save troops’ lives, an indication that the long Russian siege was over.
The fight in Azovstal in the ruined Mariupol may symbolize Ukrainian resistance During the Russian invasion, which lasted nearly three months. Most of the civilians who took refuge in the large Soviet-era factory were evacuated earlier this month.
“In order to save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison implements the decision approved by the Supreme Military Command and expects the support of the Ukrainian people,” Azov regiment said in a post on social media. What is this decision not announced, but according to the newspaper Kyiv IndependentThe President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is going to speak about her Ukrainian Night.
In an accompanying video, one of the unit’s senior commanders, Denis Prokopenko, said: “The main thing is to be aware of all the risks, is there a plan B, are you fully committed to that plan that should allow you to carry out the tasks assigned to you and preserve the lives and health of employees?”
This is the highest level of supervision of the troops. Even more so when his decision is supported by the highest military leadership.
Prokopenko did not explain the action taken by the defenders. The video was posted hours after Russia announced that He had agreed to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers to a medical center in the Russian-controlled city of Novoazovsk.
The Russian Defense Ministry had announced that an agreement had been reached on the transfer of wounded Ukrainian military personnel from Azovstal to the occupied territories, according to reports. user interface.
“On May 16, as a result of talks with representatives of the Ukrainian army besieged on the territory of the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol, an agreement was reached to evacuate the wounded,” the ministry said. A cease-fire was promised during the evacuation. There is still no confirmation of this information from the Ukrainian government.
Ukraine estimates it in the dozens Thousands of civilians were killed in Mariupol During the months of the siege by Russian troops who destroyed the sea port of Azov, a city with a population of about 400 thousand people. The last defenders, including many wounded, held out for weeks in bunkers below the Azovstal, one of Europe’s largest mining factories.
“It was agreed to transport the wounded.”The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. “A humanitarian corridor has been opened through which wounded Ukrainian soldiers are taken to a medical center in Novoazovsk.”
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar earlier told Ukrainian television: “Any information that could harm the ongoing operations … Because the process is continuing, we cannot say what is going on at this time.”
(With information from Reuters)