Peskov sent the Ministry of Defense a question about the status of evacuees from Azovstal

The evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal began the day before, they were brought to the DPR. Peskov forwarded the question to the Ministry of Defense whether they would be considered prisoners of war Peskov sent the Ministry of Defense a question about the status of evacuees from Azovstal” />

When asked if Russia considered prisoners of war evacuated from the territory of the metallurgical plant “Azovstal” the Ukrainian military in Mariupol, the Ministry of Defense can answer, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters, RBC correspondent reports.

“I will redirect you to our military. The only thing I want to remind you is [President Vladimir] Putin's statement that they will be treated in accordance with international laws, — he said.

According to Peskov, the topic of the release of the Ukrainian military from the territory of the plant was raised by Putin's interlocutors during telephone conversations, and it was also discussed “during personal contacts.” He recalled the President's order to the Russian military not to storm the plant: “Putin also guaranteed that they would be treated with the relevant international laws.”

“I do not have detailed information about about what's going on there, — answered the press secretary in response to a question about the current situation at the plant.


The day before, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the start of the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen from the territory of Azovstal. The department said that they should be taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk in the Donetsk People's Republic through the humanitarian corridor. On the evening of May 16, as Reuters reported, about a dozen buses with Ukrainian military left the plant.

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The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine clarified that 53 seriously wounded were brought to Novoazovsk, where they will be provided with medical care. Another 211 Ukrainian servicemen were taken through the humanitarian corridor to Yelenovka, which is also under the control of the DPR. The next day, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that 265 Ukrainian soldiers had laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 people with serious injuries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message: “We hope that we can save the lives of our children. <…> I want to emphasize that Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle.

On May 10, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk announced that Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she emphasized. The same estimate of the number of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was given in the DPR. The next day, Vereshchuk reported that Kyiv had offered Moscow to exchange the wounded from Azovstal. on Russian prisoners, but so far there have been no agreements on this matter.

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