Polyansky announced the “unconditional surrender” of the Azov battalion in Mariupol

He criticized the way The New York Times described the decision of Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal to surrender: the American edition wrote about the “completion of the combat mission” and the “end of the battle” at the plant

The militants of the nationalist battalion “Azov” plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol “surrendered unconditionally”, said Russian Deputy Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky.

He commented on a tweet from The New York Times that said Ukraine had “completed its 'combat mission'” in Mariupol and announced that the fighters were being evacuated, which meant the end of the battle at the metallurgical plant.

unconditionally surrendered,— wrote Polyansky.

The fact that the participants in the defense of Mariupol had fully completed their combat mission was announced on May 16 by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar, reports Ukrayinska Pravda. “The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units located at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel. An operation is underway to rescue the defenders of Ukraine blocked on the territory of the plant, — she said.

The NYT tweet was published immediately after Maliar's statement. The chronicle of hostilities on the publication's website says that Ukraine “apparently surrendered control”; over Azovstal.


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Fighting in Mariupol went on from the very beginning of the military operation. In late April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that he had control of the city, with the exception of the territory of Azovstal, where “remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries” were hiding. Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant and block its territory.

In early May, the military department announced the completion of the evacuation of civilians from the industrial zone.

In the morning, the DPR said that on May 16 they left the territory of the plant ten soldiers with white flags. They initiated negotiations on the removal of the wounded. The Russian Defense Ministry later announced the start of the evacuation.

In the evening of the same day, Reuters reported that about a dozen buses with the Ukrainian military had left Azovstal. Malyar specified that 53 seriously wounded were taken to the hospital in Novoazovsk, another 221 were sent to Olenivka, the Ukrainian side expects to exchange them. On May 17, the Ministry of Defense announced that 265 “militants of the Azov nationalist unit” had surrendered at the plant in a day. and Ukrainian servicemen”, including 51 people with severe injuries.

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