Ukrainian fighters ordered to save their lives
Ukraine ordered its fighters to save their lives, saying their mission to counter Russian troops was now complete but did not ask soldiers leaving the plant to surrender. As a result, the future of Ukrainian troops looks uncertain. Ukraine says it is looking forward to exchange prisoners of war, while Russia is looking to take some of them for war crimes.
Still some soldiers are suspected to be hiding
However, it is not clear how many fighters remain inside the plant. At the same time, this city of Ukraine has largely turned into a pile of rubble. Russia’s Defense Ministry has said that some 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers hiding in the last area under Ukrainian occupation in the city of Mariupol have left.
So far 959 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konshenkov said on Wednesday that 959 Ukrainian soldiers had left the Azhovtal steel plant since Monday. Russia’s parliament plans to bring a resolution on Wednesday to stop the exchange of Azov fighters, Russian news agencies reported.
Ukraine said – talks are on for the release of soldiers
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Malyer said talks were on for the release of the fighters. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the most influential international mediators are engaged in this work. It is noteworthy that Russia has targeted Mariupol since the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine.