The Ministry of Defense announced the beginning of the evacuation of the wounded from Azovstal

They are being taken to the territory of the DPR in Novoazovsk, where they will receive medical assistance. A silence mode has been introduced in the Azovstal area

The Ministry of Defense announced the beginning of the evacuation of the wounded from

The Azovstal plant in Mariupol

The evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers has begun from the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. They are taken along the humanitarian corridor to the Novoazovsk hospital in the Donetsk People’s Republic. A silence regime has been introduced in the area of the plant.

The evacuation began as a result of negotiations with representatives of the Ukrainian military blocked on the territory of the plant, the ministry said.

Alexander Khodakovsky, the commander of the battalion “East” of the Donetsk People’s Republic, had previously reported that the wounded soldiers were being carried out from “Azovstal” in Telegram.

RBC appealed for comments to the Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova and the representative of the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin.

On Monday morning, ten soldiers with white flags left the territory of “Azovstal”. According to Khodakovsky, they asked for negotiations. “As it turned out, the group came out representing the interests of a more significant group that continues to be on Azovstal,” he explained.

Later, Khodakovsky said that ten soldiers who acted as negotiators and representatives of the DPR determined the routes for carrying out the wounded. After that, the Kiev-controlled forces blocked on the territory of the plant began clearing the rubble, they were not hindered, the commander of the “East” clarified.

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Turkey offered to evacuate the wounded Ukrainian military on its ships across the Black Sea to Istanbul. According to the press secretary of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalyn, he discussed this proposal with President Vladimir Zelensky two weeks ago and it remains relevant, despite the fact that Moscow did not agree to it.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol on April 21. At that time, Putin instructed to cancel the storming of the plant, where Kiev-controlled forces remained, but ordered it to be completely blocked.

After that, negotiations on the evacuation of blocked people on the territory of the plant intensified. The Ukrainian side reported that there are wounded and civilians on “Azovstal”, among others. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who visited Moscow at the end of April, said that Putin had agreed to participate in the evacuation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The evacuation of civilians began on May 5, and on May 7, the Ministry of Defense announced its completion. The DPR claimed that on May 7, 50 people were taken out of Azovstal, a total of 176 civilians had left the plant by that time.

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