“The missing were sent to their comrades”
As Pushilin said in the broadcast of Soloviev’sLive program, several “missing” people were “detected” on the territory of Azovstal. “They were sent to their comrades”. In total, three or four more were caught, according to the head of the DPR.
And Konashenkov said during a morning briefing that during the “inspection of the underground structures of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol,” Russian soldiers discovered an “isothermal van”.
“In a minibus with a broken cooling system, 152 dead militants and soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were stored. During the inspection of the van, Russian sappers found four mines placed under the bodies of dead Ukrainian soldiers. “The total mass of the explosive in them was enough to destroy all the remains of the bodies left in the van,” he said.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense recalled that the command of the Azov battalion openly asked the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to collect the bodies of the dead and help their families bury them, before they were taken prisoner.
“However, no requests were received from Kiev to retrieve the bodies of the dead from the Azovstal plant,” said the Major General.
According to the information he obtained during the “interrogations of the captured Azov militants”, the bodies were exhumed by order from Kiev. According to Konashenkov, with the help of this provocation, the Ukrainian authorities wanted to “accuse Russia of deliberately destroying the remains of the bodies and preventing their removal for transfer to relatives.”
“The Russian side plans to hand over the bodies of Ukrainian militants and soldiers found on the territory of the Azovstal plant to Ukrainian representatives in the near future,” the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
On Tuesday morning, RIA Novosti reported that employees of the Investigative Committee, who began to inspect the Azovstal plant, which came under the control of the Russian Federation, found a box of improvised explosives in the area formerly occupied by the Ukrainian army.
According to one version of the investigators, the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine could plan to use these devices by sabotage and reconnaissance groups on the territory of Mariupol. According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the production of such explosive devices in Azovstal was pointless, since they had factory-made mines for mining the corridors and facilities of the metallurgical plant.
In addition, investigators found foreign-made ammunition and weapons, food supplies, broken smartphones, laptops and flash cards on the territory of the factory. And in the basement were found places where uniforms, ammunition and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
“Everyone was hiding in their corner”
On May 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol was fully controlled.
“The territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where a group of Ukrainian militants belonging to the Azov Nazi formation has been blocked since April 21, has been completely liberated. The underground facilities of the enterprise, where the militants were hiding, came under the full control of the Russian armed forces, ”the statement said.
He announced that since May 16, 2439 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been blocked on the territory of the facility.
“Today, on May 20, the last group of 531 militants surrendered. Due to the hatred of the inhabitants of Mariupol and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, the so-called “commander” of “Azov” was removed from the territory of the factory in a special armored vehicle, ”Konashenkov later states.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu briefed Russian President Vladimir Putin on establishing control over Azovstal and Mariupol.
On May 26, the official representative of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, said that the entire Ukrainian army hiding in Azovstal will be found, and it will take two to three weeks to completely clear the plant.
“I said earlier <...> after the release (Azovstal. – socialbites.ca) in two to three weeks there will be a complete cleansing, because the territory is spacious, there is a place to hide, besides, the inconsistency of the general command in Azovstal led to the fact that everyone lives in his own way, and each hides in his own corner . Therefore, it is possible that they find … I think that they themselves will be pleased to go out, but they are afraid. <...> They will find everyone, ”said Basurin on Channel One.