Shoigu reported to Putin on the complete “liberation” of Mariupol

The Russian military took full control of Mariupol after Ukrainian servicemen from the Azovstal plant surrendered. Ukrainian forces held the defense of the city for 86 days

The military operation to “liberate from Ukrainian militants” the territory of Mariupol and the plant “Azovstal” completed, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense in Telegram.

“The territory of the metallurgical plant” Azovstal ” in Mariupol, where a group of Ukrainian militants of the Nazi formation “Azov” was blocked from April 21; (part of the materials of the organization is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), completely released. The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces, — The report said.

According to the agency, since May 16, 2,439 fighters of the Azov regiment have surrendered. and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were at the plant. Including, on May 20, 531 soldiers surrendered.

“The so-called” commander ” Nazi “Azov” because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, he was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car, — said the agency.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that with Azovstal evacuated almost all people— civilians, doctors, seriously wounded and wounded, UNIAN reported. “It seems to me that in the near future, even, not one of these days, but the time will be completed, the export of all,” — he said.


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According to Zelensky, he agreed to unblock Azovstal with Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, with France because of the relations of their leaders with Russia. “Although, to be honest, dozens, hundreds of times I spoke with the leaders of other states to provide appropriate weapons to our military, so that we would reach Mariupol by military means in order to unblock these people,” — said the Ukrainian president.

He stressed that the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine allowed the Ukrainian military to “go out and save their lives”, as they have the right to do so.

The Ukrainian military held the defense of Mariupol for 86 days. Most of the time they were at the Azovstal plant, which occupies 11 sq. km and is approximately 1/15 of the city. Together with the military, civilians took refuge at the plant.

Evacuation of civilians and military personnel from Azovstal became a condition for Ukraine to continue negotiations with Russia. Zelensky said that if the Ukrainian military in Mariupol were killed, then Kyiv would stop the negotiation process.

In early May, Russia and Ukraine evacuated civilians from the plant to the territory of the DPR, LPR and settlements controlled by Kyiv under the control of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN.

May 16 from the territory of &laquo ;Azovstal» began to evacuate the military. Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar noted that the seriously wounded were taken to hospitals in Novoazovsk and Olenivka (both settlements are under the control of the DPR).

Zelensky then stressed that “Ukrainian heroes are needed by Ukraine alive.” They were expected to be exchanged for the Russian military. A possible scenario was the export of the military to Istanbul along the Black Sea, which was proposed by Turkey.

The command of “Azov” remained on the territory of the plant until the last, however, on May 20, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky (Volyn), the deputy commander of “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina) and the commander of the Azov Denis Prokopenko (Radish).

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