On May 20, the Russian military announced that the last members of Ukraine’s Azov forces at the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol had surrendered.
Russian state media RT agency and Germany’s DW news agency reported that the entire area of the Azovstal steel factory complex has been completely liberated and is under the control of the Russian military .
Over the past month, more than 2,400 people, including Ukrainian soldiers and members of the Azov fascist forces, have laid down their weapons and surrendered.
Pro-Kremlin telegram channels also released a video with Sergei Volynsky, the commander of the 36th Marine Brigade unit, in which he said that his unit has surrendered. The unit was one of the main forces defending the steelworks.
HERE IS VOLYNA!!!
The commander of the unit of the 36th brigade of the Marine Infantry of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Volynsky "Volyna" left the territory of Azovstal and went out to surrender✅
SHOW THIS TO ANYONE,WEST MEDIA WILL NOT SHOW THIS!!! pic.twitter.com/2F7Bw8BO5i
— AZ OSINT (@AZmilitary1) May 20, 2022
In a statement, Russian Army Spokesperson Colonel Igor Konashenkov said: “The last group of gunmen of 531 people today (May 20) surrendered… A total of 2,439 Azov fascists and Ukrainian servicemen have laid down their arms and surrendered since May 16. The entire Azovstal complex is now under the control of the Russian armed forces.
Azov forces and Ukrainian soldiers have retreated to the Azovstal steel plant, which has a fortified tunnel system that can withstand nuclear attacks, in the strategic coastal city of Mariupol. The Russian army has been besieging this complex since April 21. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces not to attack the factory, instead of conducting a siege, isolating and calling the gunmen to surrender.
On May 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Putin about the successful conclusion of the operation in Azovstal. Konashenkov added that the commander of the Azov force was taken away in an armored vehicle to ensure safety.
On May 17, the Ukrainian army ordered the gunmen entrenched at the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol to surrender to preserve their lives.
According to RT (Russia), the Kyiv government announced that the units had “completed the assigned combat mission”. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed on social media that its soldiers hiding at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have been ordered to surrender.