According to the correspondent of Channel One, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei Volynsky, left Azovstal and handed over his weapons. There is no official confirmation of this information yet
The commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn) left the territory of the Azovstal plant. and went out for surrender, the correspondent of Channel One reported on the Telegram channel. Irina Kuksenkova.
According to her, Volyn left without the deputy commander of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion. (its symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization) Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).
“[Volyn] looked almost brand new, he handed over his weapons, they looked through things” in general, went through the standard procedure before loading onto the bus. The process of unconditional evacuation into captivity is going according to plan, — added Kuksenkova.
Evacuation of the wounded from the Azovstal plant began on the morning of May 16. The Russian military blocked the plant, it remains the only place in Mariupol that is not controlled by Russian forces.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, by May 20, 177 civilians had been evacuated from the plant. More than 1.9 thousand Ukrainian military surrendered, the minister said. In the Kremlin, the question whether the Russian authorities considered them prisoners of war was forwarded to the Ministry of Defense.
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At Azovstal fighters of “Azov” were blocked, as well as the 36th Brigade. Volyn, being the commander of this brigade, made a number of appeals, including writing a letter to the Pope, and also addressed a statement to the presidents of Ukraine, the United States and Turkey, Vladimir Zelensky, Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a request to release ” ;Azovstal» to evacuate civilians. At the end of April, he called for the “extraction procedure” to be applied to the Ukrainian military and civilians blocked in Mariupol. following the example of Dunkirk, and in May he created a Twitter account, through which he turned to the American businessman Elon Musk.
Kalinina is already called the “press secretary of” Azov “. He also repeatedly recorded videos and turned to Zelensky. The day before, May 19, the correspondent of Komsomolskaya Pravda Dmitry Steshin reported that Kalina surrendered on the evening of May 18. However, there is no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the detention of Volyn and Kalina. On May 19, Kalina recorded another video message in which he stated that he was still at Azovstal.
In Ukraine, they announced that they expected to exchange evacuees from Azovstal. At the same time, the State Duma is discussing a ban on the exchange of “Nazi criminals” so that they can stand trial. According to Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, to judge the participants of Azov needed in the DPR and LPR, because it was there that they “committed their crimes.” As the senator noted, the process should be open, “with the invitation of the public and the media, according to the laws of the people's republics.” There is no ban on the use of the death penalty in the DPR and LPR.
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