Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said that the surrendered Ukrainian soldiers leaving the Azovstal territory did not have any conditions put forward.
Earlier, The New York Times reported that Ukrainian forces had “completed a “combat mission” in Mariupol, and the army was “evacuated” at Azovstal, “marking the end of the conflict.”
“I didn’t know there were so many ways in English to convey a simple message: the Nazis [из подразделения] Azov surrendered unconditionally,” Polyansky commented to the publication.
Judgment or exchange?
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, announced that 265 fighters, including members of the Azov Battalion, surrendered in Azovstal in one day. 51 of them are seriously injured. Everyone who needed medical help was sent to the Novoazovsk hospital.
A bus convoy full of prisoners left Mariupol today. Armored vehicles accompanied the column. It is unknown where they were taken.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky approved He promised to continue working for the withdrawal of part of the army from the factory territory and the evacuation of Ukrainian military personnel and their return to the areas controlled by Kyiv.
“We have hope that we can save the lives of our men. “There are seriously injured among them, they need help,” he said. “Work is ongoing to bring the kids home and it takes finesse. And time,” the Ukrainian leader added.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin commented on a possible change, highlighted“Nazi criminals should not be exchanged.”
“Please note that the armed forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian authorities, unlike those who persecute and torture our prisoners, our country is doing everything to ensure that the wounded prisoners of war are treated, humanely, with those who surrender or are captured. war. However, as far as the Nazis are concerned, our position here must remain unchanged – this is one of the objectives of the special military operation, ”said he.
Leonid Slutsky, the interim head of the LDPR faction, proposed an exception to the moratorium on the death penalty for Azov fighters. “The non-humans must be judged! In addition, if his heinous crimes against humanity are proven, I will repeat my proposal again and again to make an exception from the moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Russia and to give the court the right to consider the possibility of imposing the death penalty, ” the deputy wrote Telegram.
Russian Ministry of Justice today knowledgeableThe Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider the necessity of the Prosecutor General’s Office to recognize the Ukrainian regiment “Azov” as a terrorist organization and ban its activities in Russia.
The hearing of the administrative case against Azak will be held on May 26 in the building of the Supreme Court of Russia.
On May 1, the first civilians were evacuated from Azovstal – about 100 people were transferred to Zaporozhye. On May 6, 50 more women, children and the elderly were evacuated from the factory. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, between May 5 and 7, 18 men, 22 women and 11 children were evacuated from the facility.