Russia claims over 900 Ukrainian troops surrender from Azovstal, commanders refuse

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it has detained over 900 Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol who have surrendered after holding out in the city’s Azovstal steel plant for over 80 days.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said 694 Ukrainian soldiers left the steel plant and surrendered on Wednesday, bringing the total number of Mariupol defenders being held prisoner to 959. More than 260 troops evacuated the steel plant in southeastern Ukraine earlier this week after the Ukrainian military declared their mission complete and ordered the fighters to save themselves, marking the beginning of the end of an 82-day standoff with Russian forces at the facility.

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