The last remaining Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov regiment have been told to stop defending the city of Mariupol and have been ordered to “save lives of soldiers.”
The regiment have said badly wounded soldiers and civilians have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant and those who have died are being removed.
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In a statement from Denys Prokopenko, commander of the regiment he said, “We have constantly emphasised the three most important conditions for us: civilians, wounded and dead.
“The civilians have been evacuated.
“The heavily wounded received the necessary assistance and they were evacuated, to be later exchanged and delivered to territory controlled by Ukraine.”
He added that he hopes that the relatives will be able to “bury their soldiers with honour.”
The United Nations and Red Cross officials helped to end the 82 day siege at the Azovstal steel plant and busloads of Ukrainian troops left Mariupol.
Almost 1,000 wounded and exhausted Ukrainian soldiers are thought to be heading to a penal colony in Olenvika in the east of Ukraine which has been described as a “21st century concentration camp.”
Former Russian government workers and wives of soldiers have previously been sent there and were tortured.
It has been reported that FSB agents are preparing to torture the Ukrainian troops with “mock executions” and “sexual violence.”
Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian parliament, blasted that “Nazi criminals should not be exchanged.
“They are war criminals and we must do everything to bring them to justice.”
On Wednesday the Chechen warlord called for the “Nazi” members of the Azov regiment to face the death penalty and to parade them in war crime trials.