The evacuation of civilians deprived the Nazis of the chance to escape
The evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol has been completed. This was announced on Saturday evening by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Only the Azov militants (recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia) who had settled in the catacombs and, probably, foreign military advisers remained on the territory of the plant. The fact of the end of the humanitarian mission to evacuate women, the elderly and children from the territory of the plant was also confirmed by the Ukrainian side. The Russian military expert is sure that the statement of the Ukrainian side is an important signal for the National Battalion. No one will come to their aid.
As the head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, announced on the evening of May 7, with the participation of the UN and the Red Cross, “a humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal metallurgical plant has been completed.”
It is noteworthy that that the first news about the completion of the evacuation was issued by the Ukrainian side. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that “the order of the President (Zelensky. –“MK”) is done”. According to her, more than 300 civilians were withdrawn from the territory of the plant.
So, there is no longer a “human shield” for the National Battists who have settled in the catacombs of the plant.
Military expert Vladislav Shurygin believes that official Kyiv, with a report on the completion of the humanitarian mission, actually put an end to the idea of releasing Azovstal. For the militants themselves, a dry statement about the completion of the evacuation of civilians in Mariupol without statements about the further plans of the Ukrainian authorities regarding the military remaining at the plant is a kind of black mark.
– The black mark is a statement by the Ukrainian side, and not by our Ministry of Defense. Kyiv washed his hands. Now the militants remaining on the territory of the plant will have to decide their own fate. Maybe they will surrender. Otherwise, our forces will “trample” them with heavy bombardments. This is a matter of several hours or days, – Vladislav Shurygin told MK.
By the way, yesterday the DPR battalion commander Alexander Khodakovsky reported in his Telegram channel that a group of Ukrainian militants with a white flag allegedly left the territory of Azovstal. However, later this information was denied by a representative of the Southern Military District.
Rumors about high-ranking officers of NATO countries being in the dungeons of the plant can hardly force the Russian military command to abandon the bombing of Azovstal in favor of an assault, Shurygin believes.
– I am critical of these rumors. If there are mercenaries there (at Azovstal – MK), then most likely they are just military advisers. After all, not only the “Veseushniks” (servicemen of the armed forces of Ukraine. – “MK”) and the “Azov” retreated there, but also the general headquarters of Mariupol. It is unlikely that among those who are now at the plant, there are major NATO generals. If we take them alive and interrogate them, it will be a slap in the face for the West. But in military terms, whether we get their corpses or take them alive – this will give us absolutely nothing. The main issue is saving the lives of our guys, – the expert concluded.