Two senior commanders of soldiers entrenched at the Azostal factory in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia for investigation.
TASS Today, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, Deputy Battalion Azov Commander Svyatoslav Palamar and Commander of the 36th Marine Brigade Ukraine Serhii Volyna transferred from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic to Russia “Conduct investigative activities”.
These were the leaders of the group of soldiers who surrendered in May after months at the Azovstal steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol. “Other officers of the Ukrainian forces were also transferred to Russia,” the source added.
Russia and Ukraine have yet to comment on the information.
The Azov Battalion and the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade were key units defending the Azov Starr plant before surrendering to Russia. The Azov Battalion, which was originally a nationalist militia, has been integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard and has become the core force defending Mariupol. Russia, however, considers the Azov Battalion to be a “neo-fascist organization”.
In May, the Russian military said 2,439 soldiers had surrendered at the steel plant, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on June 6 that more than 2,500 Azov Stahl prisoners had been captured and the country’s intelligence services were working with Russia. Military contact. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic says it holds most of the prisoners.
Kyiv wants a prisoner swap with Moscow, but some Russian lawmakers want Ukrainian soldiers to be tried. Russian media reported earlier this month that more than 1,000 soldiers who had been entrenched at the Azov Starr steel plant had been moved to undisclosed locations in Russia for investigation work.
Yuying (follow TASS)