note> Ukraine went to extreme lengths to secure the release of the trapped soldiers in Mariupol, by now the nazi Azov battalion has huge influence inside the military. . It was rumoured that Generals and NATO Generals might be among the trapped. We don’t know yet if this was true, although at least one Canadian General was arrested in an escape bid. Russia has promised good treatment and probably the 2.5 thousand AFU servicemen and wounded will be exchanged for Russian prisoners.
However Russian reps are campaigning to put the 800 Azov nazis on trial for crimes against humanity in the last 7 years of Donbass attacks, bombings, torture, rape, etc., if they are released they would probably bomb Mariupol for another 7 years:-
Massive Surrender Of Ukrainian Fighters in Mariupol begins
On May 17, the Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed that the surrender of the militants of the nationalist Azov regiment and Ukrainian servicemen, who were blocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol began.
Over the past day, 265 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 seriously wounded. All those in need of medical care were sent for treatment to the hospital in Novoazovsk, Donetsk People’s Republic.
The other were transferred to the village of Elenovka in the Donetsk People’s republic.
The surrender of the “garrison of Mariupol” continues. The Ukrainian fighters are disarmed, then they are sent to Novoazovsk or Elenovka.
On May 17, a Russian military reporter in Mariupol claimed that as of May 16, there were over 2.5 thousand AFU servicemen in the industrial zone, 404 of them were wounded. 55 servicemen were seriously injured. 200 corpses of dead fighters were frozen in refrigerators.
There were also three Russian prisoners, including an officer and two soldiers.
In total, 804 members of the Azov nationalist regiment were hiding in Azovstal. The others were servicemen of the 53rd, 54th, 56th separate brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the 36th separate brigade of Marines, 501st and 503 separate battalions of marines and 12 brigade The National Guard, which included “Azov”.
The military reporter added that the decision was made not to comment on the situation in Azovstal. The officials claims will be made by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The Azov militants demined the road for the passage from the plant. The Russian military introduced the ceasefire regime:
In an attempt to justify the fall of the Ukrainian fortress, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine called the surrender of the AFU remnants from Azovstal a “delicate situation.”
The Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine stated that the GUR, the AFU, the border service, the National Guard, the SBU, the National Police and Azov are carrying out a special operation to rescue defenders of Mariupol blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant.
If the operation was aimed at the transfer of the nazi fighters to the Russian military, it likely succeeded.
The Kiev regime continuesly claims that all the Ukrainian militants should be exchanged to the Russian prisoners of war. The Russian military officials have not confirmed any exchange so far.
Moreover, on May 17, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin ordered to work on the proposal of the members of the State Duma to prohibit the exchange of all Ukrainian Nazis to Ukraine. He added that this issue should be worked out jointly with the Defense and Security Committee.
“You are making the right offer. Nazi criminals should not be exchanged. These are war criminals. We must do everything to ensure that they face trial” Volodin summed up.