The leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke their promises to send help to Ukrainian soldiers at the Azovmash plant and left them to their fate. This was told to Izvestia on May 8 by a Ukrainian prisoner, senior sailor of the headquarters of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) Konstantin Kabanov.
His unit barricaded itself on the territory of the Azovmash plant in Mariupol. There they were left practically without supplies.
“At first, two helicopters flew in, then one was blown up. So they ate what they found. What was found. The rest were eaten. They cooked porridge, ”Kabanov shared.
At the same time, they were promised on an ongoing basis that help would come soon, but all this was limited to words, the source recalls.
“The commanders said that they were coming to help us. Wait. And so it went on. The words are the same. Dates have changed,” he said.
Kabanov believes that Kyiv may have actually planned to rescue them at first, but ultimately decided to simply leave them to their own devices.
“I do not know even. At first they might have thought. And then they just threw it away, that’s all, ”he notes.
On May 8, the captured commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Vladimir Baranyuk, told how Kyiv had deceived its military. He said that the servicemen were urged to hold on and talked about deblocking, but as a result, the soldiers had no ammunition left. When they attempted to break out from the territory of Azovmash, they failed.
On the same day, the captured Ukrainian soldier Igor Sherstuchenko said that his comrades-in-arms fled the battlefield and abandoned him along with his comrades.
In Ukraine and in the Donbass, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the population of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics continues, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. On April 19, the Russian side announced the start of the next stage of the military operation – “the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.”
The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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