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Ukraine news – live: Over 260 Azovstal defenders evacuated from Mariupol plant

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The evacuation of Ukrainian defenders from the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defense and the President of kyiv, Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Maylar, 53 seriously injured people were taken to the city of Novoazovsk which is under the control of Russian-backed separatists.

Ms Maylar said another 211 people had been evacuated from the sprawling factory via a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka.

She later tweeted that the Ukrainian defenders had been swapped for captured Russian soldiers, calling the latter “captured racists.”

Ms Maylar’s reports have since been confirmed by President Zelensky, who in his late night address added: “We hope we can save our guys’ lives.”

He followed testimonies that five buses and an armored personnel carrier carrying Ukrainian servicemen from the vast factory arrived late Monday in Novoazovsk.

A witness said a number of evacuees were taken out of the buses on stretchers and taken to a hospital.

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“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to live”

Ukrainian forces have completed their “combat mission” in the besieged city of Mariupol, leading to the evacuation of 260 fighters under Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the evacuation to separatist-controlled territory was done to save the lives of fighters who endured weeks of Russian assaults in the maze of underground passages under the towering Azovstal steelworks.

“Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes to live. This is our principle,” Mr. Zelensky said, adding that the “seriously injured” received medical aid.

This photo released on May 10, 2022 by the Azov Regiment shows an injured Ukrainian serviceman inside the Azovstal steel plant in eastern Mariupol, Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion

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According to military experts, the number of fighters at the plant is between a few hundred and a thousand.



The work to bring the guys home continues and it requires delicacy and time.

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Ahead of Monday’s evacuations, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced an agreement for the injured to leave the factory for treatment in a city held by pro-Moscow separatists.

Namita SingMay 17, 2022 04:51

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The footage captures buses carrying Ukrainian forces servicemen from the besieged Azovstal steelworks as they drive away under pro-Russian military escort.

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“We hope we can save the lives of our guys,” says Zelensky

In his nightly address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized the evacuation of defenders from the Azovstal steelworks.

“Thanks to the actions of the Ukrainian military – the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the intelligence services, the negotiation team, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations, we hope that we can save the lives of our guys “, he said.

“Among them are seriously injured. They receive medical help.

“I want to emphasize: Ukraine needs living Ukrainian heroes. This is our principle. I think any adequate person will understand these words.

Work “to bring the boys home” continues in Mariupol, he added.

Emily AtkinsonMay 17, 2022 01:00

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Azovstal defenders dubbed ‘heroes of our time’

The Azovstal defenders who had previously been evacuated from the besieged steel mills of Mairupol were described as “heroes of our time” by the Ukrainian army general staff.

On Facebook, senior military officials said the troops had “hindered the implementation of the plan for the rapid capture of Zaporizhzhia”.

“Forging the core of the enemy forces around Mariupol gave us the opportunity to prepare and create the defensive borders on which our troops are still present today and to give a decent counterpoint to the aggressor.

“We have had the necessary time to build up reserves, regroup forces and obtain help from partners,” the military leaders continued.

The post added that some fighters remain trapped at the factory and said measures to “rescue the defenders who remain in the territory of Azovstal are underway”.

Emily AtkinsonMay 17, 2022 12:00 a.m.

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Lviv “under heavy attack”, according to a Ukrainian deputy

A Ukrainian lawmaker said the western city of Lviv is currently under “heavy attack”.

Tweeting 25 minutes ago, MP Lesia Vasylenko said: “Lviv is currently under heavy attack. Friends say it has never been louder. It is western Ukraine. Very close to Poland.

Emily AtkinsonMay 16, 2022 11:26 p.m.

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Zelensky confirms Azovstal evacuations

Emily AtkinsonMay 16, 2022 11:08 p.m.

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Azovstal fighters were “exchanged” for captured Russian troops

The 264 defenders rescued from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant were exchanged for captured Russian soldiers, according to a tweet from Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister.

In the same post, Hannah Maylar called Russian troops “captured racists.”

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Turkey will not approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threw cold water on ‘historic’ announcements by Sweden and Finland that they would apply to join NATO in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, as he insisted that Ankara would not approve their offers.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson followed Finland on Monday in saying Stockholm would end 200 years of neutrality by seeking to join the Western military alliance, with all but two of the Nordic nation’s eight parliamentary parties now backing the move.

Although Vladimir Putin appeared to back down significantly on the issue, insisting that Russia had “no problem” with the countries’ candidacies for NATO, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and France all joined the UK in pledging to defend both nations if attacked. before they join – a “vulnerable” period which Ms Andersson said could last up to a year.

Emily AtkinsonMay 16, 2022 10:51 p.m.

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kyiv confirms evacuation of Azovstal defenders

The evacuation of Ukrainian defenders from the Azovstal steel plant in Maiurpol was confirmed by the Kyiv Defense Ministry, the BBC reports.

According to Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Maylar, 53 seriously injured people were taken to the city of Novoazovsk which is under the control of Russian-backed separatists.

The broadcaster also quotes Ms Maylar as saying a further 211 people were evacuated from the sprawling factory via a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka.

Emily AtkinsonMay 16, 2022 10:35 p.m.


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