On May 21, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said on the air of the Soloviev.LIVE program that among those who surrendered at the Azovstal plant were participants in the radical formation of Ukrainian nationalists Azov (criminal cases were initiated against the group in the Russian Federation), according to preliminary information, were citizens of foreign countries.
“Work is being done with each [пленным] thorough. According to preliminary information, yes, there were [иностранцы] and yes, [они] there is. But in order not to be unfounded, after the work of specialists there will be information already, of course, [дана] publicly,” Pushilin answered the relevant question.
In addition, he focused on the fact that all the Azov militants who surrendered are in custody and will be court-martialed in the near future.
“Absolutely all of them [боевики] in captivity, absolutely everyone is in custody, and specialists are working with them, the investigation is working. We will go to the courts and the international tribunal,” Pushilin said.
The territory of the Azovstal plant was completely liberated on May 20, as reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Since May 16, during a Russian special operation, 2,439 Azov militants and servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU), blocked on the territory of the plant, have surrendered.
Among those who emerged from the dungeons of the plant was the commander of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sergei “Volyn” Volynsky, whose interrogation footage was at the disposal of Izvestia. Volynsky confirmed to Izvestia the information about foreign mercenaries who were on the territory of the plant.
On May 18, the nationalists and the Ukrainian military who left the enterprise said that the Russian Armed Forces treat them well, feed them and provide medical and other assistance.
On May 21, military observer Viktor Litovkin, commenting on the surrender of the Azovites, predicted the collapse of Ukrainian neo-Nazism. According to him, the example of Azov will demoralize other Ukrainian militants and force them to lay down their arms as well.
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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