The Fate of the Defenders of “Azovstal”

by Olha Povaliaieva
Saturday, June 18, 2022
The Fate of the Defenders of “Azovstal”

Russia has no contact with the Red Cross over the Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol

On May 16, Mariupol began an operation to save the lives of civilians and fighters of the Ukrainian Azov regiment. The Ukrainian command decided that if the military surrendered to Russia, their lives could be saved — all the survivors should be in the POW exchange fund. A little more than a month has passed. And the rescue of Ukrainians seems almost impossible, as the Russian Federation has again violated all agreements.

Firstly, on June 8, the Russian state news agency TASS reported that more than 1.000 Ukrainian military personnel taken to Mariupol were transported to Russia for an investigative experiment. The media reports that part of the military is foreign mercenaries — they may be in Moscow.

Secondly, Russian soldiers transferred some prisoners of war to a court of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic. As a result, there are already the first defenders who have been sentenced to death. All of them are citizens of other countries.

Third, according to Ukrainian media reports, Russians do not allow representatives of the Red Cross to visit prisoners. It was the international experts who had to control the security of the operation and the conditions that the Russian Federation had created for the people from Azovstal. The Association of relatives of defenders of Azovstal reports that Ukrainian soldiers either do not communicate or are kept in terrible conditions without water and food.

Fourth, the representatives of the Russian Federation said that Ukraine was violating the agreements and did not want to take its fighters. There may be more absurd reports.

Commander of the regiment Azov, senior lieutenant of the National guard of Ukraine Maksim Zhorin warns about the possible appearance of fake appeals from Azovstal fighters, as the world began to demand a report from the Russian Federation.

The whole truth about the fighters of Azov can be obtained only when the fighters return home.

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