According to the BBC, the Russian Ministry of Defense informed that the last group of Ukrainian soldiers, who were still hiding in Azovstal, “surrendered” on Friday. According to the resort, there are 531 members of the Azov Regiment. “The site of the Azovstal metallurgical plant, where a group of Ukrainian militants from the Nazi group Azov has been blocked since April 21, is completely liberated,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenko. He has already folded his weapons and surrendered since May 16. He further stated that as of May 16, he had “folded his weapons and surrendered” a total of 2439 neo-Nazis from the Azov Regiment and Ukrainian soldiers. “The last group of 531 militants surrendered today,” he added. According to Konashenko, the underground area of Azovsthal, where the militants were hiding, is fully under the control of the Russian armed forces. The BBC has warned some defenders of Azovstal to court that it cannot independently verify the report of Azovstol’s control of Russian forces. The Russian military also reported that it had control of all of Mariupol after nearly three months of siege. Azov Regiment Commander Denys Prokopenko announced in a video shared on the Telegram communication application shortly before that the command of the Ukrainian army ordered the soldiers who were still in the Azovstel steelworks to lay down their weapons. At the same time, he expressed his belief that he would be able to exchange them for Russian soldiers captured during the fighting in Ukraine. However, pro-Kremlin authorities in Donetsk have announced that they will bring some of Azovstal’s defenders to justice.
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