Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that 959 Ukrainian troops had surrendered this week at the besieged Azvastal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
“In the last 24 hours, 694 militants have surrendered, including 29 wounded,” the ministry said in its daily briefing on the conflict. A total of 959 militants have surrendered since May 16, with 80 injured.
Those in need were taken to a hospital in the Russian-controlled city of Novosibirsk, it said.
Kyiv is hoping for an exchange of surrendered Ukrainian fighters, but Russia has not yet confirmed whether they will be part of the prisoner exchange.
Last month, Moscow claimed control of Mariupol after a week-long blockade, but hundreds of Ukrainian troops are trapped in an underground tunnel beneath a huge Azovstal industrial zone blocked by Russian troops.
Kiev’s defense ministry said it would do “everything necessary” to rescue an undisclosed number of personnel on the steelworks, but acknowledged there was no military option.
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