More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, says Russia

19/5/2022 3:51:00 AM

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, says Russia

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, says Russia

KYIV, May 19 ― Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the...

for the latest news you need to know.A KYIV/NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (May 17): Ukraine's military said on Tuesday it aimed to evacuate its remaining soldiers from their last stronghold in Mariupol, as fighters that have held out for 82 days began to surrender, heralding the end of Europe's bloodiest battle in decades..Telegram channel for the latest updates.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 8:37 AM MYT KYIV, May 19 ― Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the latest Western country to reopen its embassy in Kyiv.Ukraine has ordered its garrison in Mariupol to stand down, but the ultimate outcome of Europe's bloodiest battle for decades remains unresolved.In one, marked with the Latin letter 'Z' that has become the symbol of Russia's assault, wounded men were lying on stretchers three bunks high.Top commanders of Ukrainian fighters who had made their last stand at the Azovstal steelworks in the port city are still inside the plant, according to the leader of pro-Russian separatists in control of the area, Denis Pushilin, quoted by local news agency DNA yesterday.Ukrainian officials have declined to comment publicly on the fate of the fighters.Video released by the Russian ministry of defence showed fighters leaving the plant, some being carried on stretchers, others with their hands up to be searched by Russian troops.“The state is making utmost efforts to carry out the rescue of our service personnel,” military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzaynik told a news conference.Seven buses carrying Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal garrison arrived at a newly reopened prison in the Russian-controlled town of Olenivka near Donetsk, a Reuters witness said.

“Any information to the public could endanger that process.Ukraine said 264 soldiers, including 53 wounded, had left the metal plant, and efforts were under way to evacuate others still inside.” Ukraine confirmed the surrender of more than 250 fighters on Tuesday but did not say how many more were inside.Russia said yesterday an additional 694 more fighters had surrendered, bringing the total number to 959."The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel.Its defence ministry posted videos of what it said were Ukrainian fighters receiving hospital treatment after surrendering at Azovstal.Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Red Cross and the United Nations were involved in talks, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko said, but gave no details..What will happen to the fighters was unclear.

Mariupol is the biggest city Russia has captured so far and allows Russian President Vladimir Putin to claim a rare victory in the invasion it began on February 24.Moscow has focused on the south-east in recent offensives after pulling away from Kyiv, where, in a further sign of normalisation, the United States said it had resumed operations at its embassy yesterday." The surrender appears to mark the end of the battle of Mariupol, where Ukraine believes tens of thousands of people were killed under months of Russian bombardment and siege.“The Ukrainian people..Its complete capture is Russia's biggest victory of the war, giving Moscow total control of the coast of the Sea of Azov and an unbroken stretch of eastern and southern Ukraine about the size of Greece..Negotiators last convened in-person in late March, and there has been little communication between them in recent weeks.

have defended their homeland in the face of Russia's unconscionable invasion, and, as a result, the Stars and Stripes are flying over the Embassy once again,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Authorities on both sides gave few clues about the ultimate fate of Mariupol's last defenders, with Ukrainian officials discussing the prospect of some form of exchange for Russian prisoners but giving no details.A small number of diplomats would return initially to staff the mission but consular operations will not resume immediately, said embassy spokesperson Daniel Langenkamp.Canada, Britain and others have also recently resumed embassy operations."There are severely wounded ones among them.Ukrainian resistance continues in Russian-occupied territory.In the southern city of Melitopol, Ukraine said its fighters, using an explosive device, blew up an armoured train carrying Russian troops.Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive.Russia said at least 256 Ukrainian fighters had “laid down their arms and surrendered”, including 51 severely wounded.

Reuters could not independently verify the details.Russia's Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.All of the evacuees would be subject to a potential prisoner exchange with Russia, she added.Moscow says it is engaged in a “special military operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour.The West and Kyiv call that a false pretext for invasion.In a statement released late on Monday, the Azov Regiment, the Ukrainian unit that had held out in the steelworks, said it had achieved its objective over 82 days of resistance by making it possible for Ukraine to defend the rest of the country.Nato application Finland and Sweden formally applied for Nato membership yesterday, a decision made in the wake of the Ukrainian invasion and the very kind of expansion that Putin cited as a reason for attacking Ukraine.Ukraine’s military said units in Azovstal had completed their combat mission.

US Ambassador to Nato Julianne Smith called for an expedited accession process that could be “done in a couple of months”, but Nato member Turkey said its approval depended on the return of “terrorists”, namely Kurdish militants and Fethullah Gulen followers.In an accompanying video, one of the unit's senior commanders, Denys Prokopenko, called the decision to save the lives of his men"the highest level of overseeing troops".Finland and Sweden were both militarily non-aligned throughout the Cold War.Although Russia had threatened retaliation against the plans, Putin said on Monday their Nato membership would not be an issue unless the alliance sent more troops or weapons there.For months, Mariupol's residents were forced to cower in cellars under perpetual bombardment, with no access to food, fresh water or heat and dead bodies littering the streets above.Russia could, however, cut off gas supplies to Finland this week, Finland's state-owned energy provider Gasum said.The European Commission announced a €210 billion (RM970 billion) plan for Europe to end its reliance on Russian oil, gas and coal by 2027.Thousands of civilians are believed to have been buried in mass graves or makeshift pits dug in gardens by their neighbours.Natalia, wife of a sailor among those holed up in the plant, told Reuters she hoped “there will be an honest exchange”.

Meanwhile, Google became the latest big Western company to pull out of Russia, saying its local unit had filed for bankruptcy and was forced to shut operations after its bank accounts were seized.Donbas attacks On the battle front, Russian forces continued to press on with their main offensive, trying to capture more territory in the eastern Donbas region which Moscow claims on behalf of separatists.Moscow denies targeting civilians or deporting them, and says it has taken in refugees.The capture of Mariupol, the main port for the Donbas, has given Moscow full control of the Sea of Azov and an unbroken swathe of territory across Ukraine's east and south.The governor of the Luhansk region, part of the Donbas, said there had been a number of attacks there.Ukraine advances Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces have been advancing in recent days at their fastest pace for more than a month, driving Russian forces out of the area around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city.“Most of the shelling today was conducted in Severodonetsk and villages nearby.They have also pushed at least as far as the Siverskiy Donets river 40 km to the east, where they could threaten supply lines to Russia’s main advance in the Donbas.

.They have also pushed at least as far as the Siverskiy Donets river 40 km to the east, where they could threaten supply lines to Russia's main advance in the Donbas..The Russians are still trying to cut the “road of life” through the centre of Luhansk region linking Lysychansk and Bakhmut,” Serhity Gaidai wrote on Telegram.Zelenskiy's office said on Tuesday the entire front line around Donetsk was under constant massive shelling.― Reuters Advertisement.

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