The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) says that nearly 1,000 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered at the Azovstal plant in the war-torn city of Mariupol so far this week.
Russian troops stormed the plant April 19 and destroyed large areas; however, pockets of organized resistance fighters of the Azov Battalion, a far-right unit of the National Guard of Ukraine, holed up in the plant and mounted a strong resistance.
The battalion, which had been nursing dozens of wounded soldiers, began to suffer a medical crisis due to lack of basic necessities such as bandages and cleaning products inside the besieged plant.
As a result of their plight, the Azov Battalion started to surrender to Russian troops earlier this week.
The Russian MoD said in a statement Wednesday: “In Mariupol, militants of Azov nationalist unit and Ukrainian servicemen holed up in the Azovstal plant continue to surrender.
“Over the past 24 hours, 694 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered, including 29 wounded.
“A total of 959 militants have surrendered since May 16, including 80 wounded, 51 of whom needed urgent hospital treatment and were admitted to Novoazovsk Hospital in the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
The MoD also claimed: “Over the last day, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 2 command posts, including the territorial defense headquarters near Soledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 31 areas of concentrated Ukrainian manpower and military equipment, including locations of foreign mercenary units from European countries in Mykolaiv and Krasnogorovka.
“In addition, 2 Ukrainian Su-24 aircraft were destroyed at a military airfield near Dnepropetrovsk along with a division of Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems near Mykolaiv, as…