According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, 274 people left the Azovstal plant, including 53 seriously wounded. They are expected to be returned to the territory controlled by Kyiv through an exchange *
About a dozen buses with Ukrainian servicemen left the Azovstal metallurgical plant, Reuters reports citing an eyewitness.
How many Ukrainian soldiers were taken out is unknown, indicates agency.
According to RT, according to preliminary data, about 300 Ukrainian soldiers left Azovstal, about 50 of them were injured. The wounded were taken to the Novoazovsky Central District Hospital, the rest were taken by buses— in the direction of Yelenovka, the TV channel reports.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that 53 seriously wounded from Azovstal were delivered to the hospital in Novoazovsk, another 221 people were sent to Olenovka (Yelenovka). In the future, they are expected to be exchanged.
Earlier, on May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen from the territory of Azovstal. They are to be taken along the humanitarian corridor to the Novoazovsk hospital in the Donetsk People's Republic.
On Monday morning, ten soldiers with white flags came out of the plant and asked for negotiations on the evacuation of the wounded.
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In early May, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that from the territory of Azovstal all women, children and the elderly were evacuated. Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the evacuation of civilians from the plant.
In late April, the head of the Russian military department, Sergei Shoigu, reported to President Vladimir Putin about the transfer of the entire Mariupol under the control of Russia and the DPR. According to him, the territory of the plant “Azovstal” “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. It would take about three to four days to complete the cleanup at Azovstal, he reported. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, he urged to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.” The Ukrainian side warned that the death of the military from Azovstal will be the reason for terminating the negotiations.
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