Azov Steel soldiers are not “evacuated”, they “surrender” — RT EN

18 May 2022 3:35 p.m

Kremlin spokesman Peskov said on Wednesday that there was only one unequivocal interpretation of the withdrawal of Ukrainian soldiers from the Azov-Stahl steelworks. It is a surrender. Attempts by the Kiev authorities to describe the process as an “evacuation” are wrong.

Source: Sputnik © Alexei Kudenko

Hundreds of soldiers have left the Azov-Stahl steelworks in Mariupol in the past few days. When it comes to naming these current events, Moscow and Kyiv have very different views. Russia speaks of a capitulation, while Ukraine speaks of an evacuation or a humanitarian operation. Western media are also currently reporting on an evacuation.

Asked by journalists how the Kremlin views attempts to portray the departure of Azov Steel soldiers as an “evacuation”, Dmitry Peskov said:

“There can only be one unequivocal interpretation and definition here. Those military personnel entrenched in the Azov-Steel compound lay down their arms and surrender.”

Russian Defense Ministry official Igor Konashenkov previously reported that since May 16, 959 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered from the besieged steel plant, including 80 wounded.

What will happen to the soldiers now is still unclear. Ukraine hopes to exchange them for Russian prisoners of war. There is no official information on how many people are still on the premises of the steel mill.

More on the subject – Azovstal Plant: humanitarian corridors opened for injured Ukrainian soldiers

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