Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader, said that more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrendered to the Chechens in Mariupol. He also urged the remaining forces huddled in the Azovstal steel plant to surrender.
Officials from Ukraine did not comment on the statement that was made via Kadyrov’s Telegram channel. In its Wednesday morning report, the General Staff of Ukraine stated that Russian forces were advancing with attacks against Azovstal as well as the port.
Russian television showed images of marines, some of whom were injured, giving themselves up at Illich Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol.
When Kadyrov spoke of the 1,000 Ukrainian marines who had surrendered, it was unclear what plant – Azovstal and Illich Iron and Steel Works- he meant.
Kadyrov stated in his post that there were 200 injured people at Azovstal right now and they are not eligible for any medical aid. “It would be better for them and all the others to stop this pointless resistance, and go home with their families.”
Kadyrov, a staunch supporter of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin leader, has sent many of his fighters to Ukraine in support of Russia’s drive “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.
In previous postings, he promised to continue with Mariupol’s capture and to press on for all other Ukrainian cities including Kyiv.
Russian television images showed what appeared to be Ukrainian soldiers marching down a road while their hands were in the air. One soldier was seen holding a Ukrainian passport.