Home News The last Ukrainian forces from Azovstal arrive in Olenivka, a Russian-controlled city

The last Ukrainian forces from Azovstal arrive in Olenivka, a Russian-controlled city


Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday (May 20th) that the last group of Ukrainian forces hiding in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol had surrendered, marking the end of a several-week siege that left the city in ruins and heading for Olenivka.

They were seen arriving by bus in the Russian-controlled city of Olenivka near Donetsk, according to Reuters.
The complete abandonment of the Azov Regiment’s bombed-out bunkers and tunnels means the end of the most destructive siege of a war that began when Russia invaded Ukraine almost three months ago.
“The territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant has been completely liberated,” the ministry said in a statement. It is reported that the surrendered group consisted of 531 people.

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The last Ukrainian forces from Azovstal were taken to Olenivka, and the whole complex is now controlled by Russian troops.

Moscow calls the Azov Regiment “Nazis.” The unit, formed in 2014 as a militia to fight Russian-backed separatists, denies being a fascist, and Ukraine says it has been reformed from radical nationalist origins.
“The company’s underground facilities, where the militants were hiding, have come under the full control of the Russian armed forces,” the Russian statement said, adding that a total of 2,439 defenders had surrendered in recent days.
Ukraine has ordered troops to withdraw on Monday (May 16th). A few hours before Russia’s announcement, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that defenders had been ordered by the Ukrainian army to come out and save their lives.
Kiev calls the defenders heroes, saying their stubborn stance helped wipe out Russian forces and allowed Ukraine to achieve victories elsewhere on the battlefield.

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