Regime Media Refuse to Call Mass Surrender of Azov Fighters Holed Up in Azovstal Plant a SurrenderChris Menahan
May. 17, 2022
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Regime media on Monday uniformly tried to spin the mass surrender of hundreds of Azov Battalion fighters and other Ukrainian soldiers holed up in Mariupol's Azovstal steel factory as anything but a surrender.
The New York Times, CNN, AP and others all chose to refer to the mass surrender as an "evacuation" and an "end" to their "combat mission."
The Azov Battalion two months ago took a ton of civilians hostage and used them as human shields while holing themselves up in the tunnels under the Azovstal steel factory.
Putin last month ordered Russian forces not to go into the plant and instead close it off and wait them out. Arraignments were made for Azov's civilian human shields to be evacuated earlier this month and now Azov's forces themselves were also given safe harbor to evacuate after accepting Russia's terms of surrender.
Whereas Azov and other Ukrainian military soldiers viciously tortured Russian POWs and filmed themselves calling up and mocking the families of Russian soldiers killed in action, Russia is allowing these Azov forces to surrender peacefully. Dozens of soldiers were reportedly taken to a hospital in Russia-controlled Novoazovsk for medical treatment.
"Russian sources have estimated that about 2,200 people have been trapped in the basements of the huge Azovstal complex. The site is 11 square kilometers long and its subterranean sections are designed to withstand a nuclear attack," RT reported.
"According to the deputy minister of defense of Ukraine, Anna Malyar, and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, those who surrender will be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war taken captive by Kiev. However, the terms of the exchange have not yet been decided," RT continued. "Moscow has not yet made any public statements about an exchange."
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