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Ukrainian Steel Plant Soldiers Surrender As Russian Soldiers Say Sorry -By ASC

Ukraine War: Ukraine hopes to exchange Azovstal soldiers with Russian prisoners.

Kiev, Ukraine:

Russia said Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered this week at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, showing some appearing on batons after a desperate battle that has been a symbol of war for nearly three months.

The number included 80 wounded and taken to hospital in the Russian -controlled territory of eastern Ukraine, the defense ministry in Moscow said.

The ministry released a video showing exhausted Ukrainian soldiers walking out of extensive steel work, after a week-long siege forced defenders and civilians to huddle in tunnels with shortages of food, water and medicine.

Russian troops patted those who surrendered and checked their bags as they exited, marking the end of what the Ukrainian government calls a “heroic” resistance.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had registered “hundreds of Ukrainian prisoners of war” from a plant in Mariupol, a port city destroyed by Russian attacks.

Ukraine hopes to exchange Azovstal soldiers with Russian prisoners. But pro-Russian authorities in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine suggest that some of them could be tried.

Ukrainian prosecutors have so far listed 12,595 war crimes charged by the intruders, including the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol, and on Wednesday opened the first trial of a Russian soldier.

Please forgive me

Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty to war crimes in the shooting death of Oleksandr Shelipov, a 62 -year -old unarmed man, in northeastern Ukraine on February 28 – four days after the invasion.

The 21 -year -old sergeant, who faces a life sentence, felt remorse when he entered the dock for a second day on Thursday, while two other Russian soldiers were on trial elsewhere in Ukraine.

“I know you won’t be able to forgive me, but I beg your pardon,” Shishimarin said, speaking to Shelipov’s widow in a cramped courtroom in Kyiv.

Although Mariupol has fallen, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the wider invasion was an “absolute failure” when he marked “Vyshyvanka Day”, the annual celebration of the Ukrainian people’s tradition.

Wearing an embroidered shirt instead of his usual military khaki top, Zelensky said on the Telegram social media platform that his people remain “strong, unbreakable, brave and independent”.

Zelensky’s resistance, and his military’s strong resistance, had gained Western admiration and a steady stream of military support. G7 finance ministers have met in Germany to get more cash support.

G7 partners need to “ensure Ukraine’s solvency in the next few days, weeks”, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told Die Welt newspaper.

But German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said there may be “no shortcut” to becoming a member of the European Union for Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba condemned his country’s “second -class service”.

Famine Warning

Russia’s actions have already redrawn Europe’s security map.

US President Joe Biden hosted the leaders of Finland and Sweden to discuss their offers to join NATO, after neighboring countries decided to abandon decades of military incompatibility.

“They meet every NATO requirement and then some,” Biden told reporters with Nordic leaders by his side, offering “full, total, complete support to the United States.”

However, Turkish NATO members are “determined” to block the application, said its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling Sweden in particular a “complete paradise of terror”.

NATO Secretary -General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance “addresses concerns that have been expressed by Turkey”.

Outside Europe, the invasion also threatens to bring famine, said UN Secretary -General Antonio Guterres.

“Malnutrition, mass starvation and famine” could follow “in a crisis that could last for years,” Guterres warned, urging Russia to cut grain exports from occupied Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine produce 30 percent of the global wheat supply, and the war has caused food prices to soar around the world.

Civilians Burned

Despite their last resistance in places like Mariupol, and the successful defenses of Kyiv, Ukrainian troops retreated to the east.

Losses often come after weeks of fighting over towns and small towns that were devastated by the time the Russians besieged them in slow-moving waves.

In the eastern city of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian civilians bore the brunt of relentless Russian mortar fire.

Nella Kashkina sat in the basement next to the oil lamp and prayed.

“I don’t know how long we can last,” the 65 -year -old former city worker said.

“We don’t have medicine anymore and a lot of sick people – sick women – need medicine. There’s no medicine left at all.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by AGRASMARTCITY staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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