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Commander of the Ukrainian national battalion “Azov” (his symbols are recognized in Russia as extremist and banned, and the battalion itself is planned to be declared a terrorist organization) Denis Prokopenko (Radis) left the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol. Initially, the correspondent of Channel One reported this on Telegram. Irina Kuksenkova.
«Commander of Azov» Denis Prokopenko (Redis) left the Azovstal and surrendered, — she wrote.
Earlier, on May 20, the journalist reported that the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn) and the deputy commander of the “Azov” Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina).
Later information about the surrender of the leaders of Azovstal confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The military department said that Prokopenko, Volynsky and Palamar were taken away in an armored car.
On Friday evening, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan wrote in her Telegram channel that “with Azovstal” everyone got out. In turn, Senator Andrei Klishas also wrote that “all the militants left Azovstal, calling it primarily a military victory.
The commander of the Vostok DPR battalion Alexander Khodakovsky wrote that before the last groups left the plant, the sounds of explosions were heard inside. He suggested that “something valuable to the enemy” was being destroyed.
“Azov” was founded in 2014 as a volunteer unit. Its first leader was the nationalist Andrei Biletsky. Later “Azov” was transformed into a regiment of the National Guard. In 2017, it was headed by Prokopenko.
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At the end of April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Mariupol had come under the control of Russia and the DPR, and the territory of the Azovstal plant “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. To clean up Azovstal he took about three or four days. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, urging them to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky threatened to stop negotiations with Russia in the event of the destruction of the Ukrainian military remaining in Mariupol. “Ukrainian heroes need Ukraine alive”, — he noted later.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk reported on May 10 that more than 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen, including the wounded, were on the territory of the plant. On May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the surrender of the Ukrainian military and Azov fighters. at Azovstal and evacuation of the wounded. On May 20, Shoigu reported more than 1,900 surrendered Ukrainian soldiers. In Kyiv, they expect to exchange them.
In the Kremlin, the question was whether the Russian side considered prisoners of war evacuated from the territory of Azovstal. Ukrainian servicemen were forwarded to the Ministry of Defense. “The only thing I want to remind — [President Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international law, — Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
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