EXPLAINER: Who are Mariupol's last defenders?

5/18/2022 3:20:00 AM

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms in the weeks before Russia's invasion.

1 / 4 Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office FILE - In this photo provided by Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office, an Azov Special Forces Regiment's serviceman, injured during fighting against Russian forces, poses for a photographer inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10, 2022.The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine.in a Monday address explaining the situation in Mariupol.Last Nuremberg prosecutor: Putin"certainly" a war criminal They were taken under escort by pro-Russian forces to territory held by those rebels, with Ukraine hoping for a prisoner exchange while rescue attempts continued for those still underground.

The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms in the weeks before Russia's invasion (Dmytro 'Orest' Kozatskyi/Azov Special Forces Regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard Press Office via AP) The Ukrainian forces who made a determined last stand in a Mariupol steel mill against Russian troops were a mixture of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms in the weeks before Russia’s invasion.As Ukraine from the plant — in what Russia calls a mass surrender — it describes them as heroes who have fulfilled their grueling task.With the rest of Mariupol firmly in Russian hands, hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians had holed up beneath the city's Azovstal steelworks.Here's a look at these Ukrainian forces, and what they have accomplished: WHO ARE THE DEFENDERS OF MARIUPOL? The fighters that are still holding out at Azovstal come from a variety of different military and law enforcement units, according to Ukrainian officials.But the unit claims to have shed its.There is the Azov Regiment, which is part of Ukraine's National Guard; the 36th Special Marine Brigade of Ukraine's Naval Forces; the 12th brigade of the National Guard; there are also the border guards, police officers, and territorial defense squads formed shortly before the war out of those who knew how to fire a weapon.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.Ad These forces were defending Mariupol from the start of the Russian invasion.Maxar satellite imagery shows the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29, 2022.

Marines from the 36th brigade had held the city's port and another large plant in Mariupol for more than a month, until they ran out of supplies and ammunition."The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel.They moved to the Azovstal steel mill to join the Azov Regiment, a national guard unit with roots in the far right, and some of them were captured by the Russians.The total number of fighters hiding in the plant's labyrinth of tunnels and bunkers spread out across about 11 square kilometers (4 square miles) at the height of the siege was unclear, although Russia claimed there were more than 2,000..WHY DOES RUSSIA LABEL THEM ‘NATIONALISTS’? Russian officials and state media take issue with the Azov Regiment.It derives from a group called the Azov Battalion, formed in 2014 as one of many volunteer brigades that rose to bolster Ukraine’s underfunded and questionably led military in the fight against Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east.Ukraine's deputy defence minister said 53 injured troops from the Azovstal steelworks were taken to a hospital in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) to the east."Thanks to the defenders of Mariupol, Ukraine gained critically important time to form reserves and regroup forces and receive help from partners," Deputy Ukrainian Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said.

Ad That conflict broke out after massive protests drove Ukraine’s Kremlin-leaning president from office.The Azov Battalion drew its initial fighters from far-right circles and elicited criticism for its tactics.All of the evacuees will be subject to a potential prisoner exchange with Russia, she added.Azov fighters reject accusations of nationalism and radicalism.Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the regiment who is currently at Azovstal, said in a recent interview that he prefers the term “patriotism.Ukraine's military said efforts were under way to evacuate those still inside.” WHAT HAVE THE DEFENDERS ACCOMPLISHED? Ukrainian officials repeatedly stressed the role that the fighters at Azovstal have played in defending Mariupol.And Ukraine made a symbolic gain as its forces reportedly pushed Russian troops back to the Russian border in the Kharkiv region.

“The Ukrainian troops in Mariupol have already performed a feat, drawing the elite forces of the Russian army onto themselves and significantly slowing down the advance of the Russians in the southeast,” Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said.Some of the evacuated troops were wounded and carried out of the buses on stretchers."Thanks to the defenders of Mariupol, we have gained critically important time to form reserves, to regroup forces and to receive aid from our partners,” Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said Monday.“Mariupol’s defenders have fully accomplished all missions assigned by the commanders."We hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys," Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an early morning address.” Ad President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in turn said that while the plant's defenders are ending their fight, the move is proper and humane: “Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to be alive.It’s our principle.They're receiving care.Getty/iStockphoto The western Ukrainian city of Lviv was rocked by loud explosions early Tuesday.

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