The military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), who hid during the surrender of the main forces, were detained at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. This was announced on Thursday, May 26, by the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin.
According to him, there are no Ukrainian military or nationalist militants left on the territory of the enterprise.
“They could hide purely physically, they could be lost somewhere, they fell behind somewhere. There are already such identified, also sent to the place of detention. But is there someone else hiding? – RIA Novosti quotes the words of the head of the republic.
After the DPR units check everything, clear mines, clear the rubble, “after that, we can say that everything is already there, there is absolutely no one left.”
On May 20, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the complete liberation of the territory of the Azovstal plant. According to the agency, since May 16, 2,439 militants of the radical nationalist group “Azov” and military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have surrendered during the Russian special operation.
Later, Russian sapper units began to carry out engineering reconnaissance and demining from explosive objects on the territory of the plant. Specialized armored demining vehicles are involved in work in the most dangerous areas.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass. As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified, the goals of the special operation include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. Both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people, he pointed out.
The operation began against the backdrop of the situation in the Donbass that worsened in mid-February. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics reported increased shelling by Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of civilians to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant decrees.