The stays of dozens of our bodies of Ukrainian service members killed within the battle for the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol have been returned to Ukraine and have begun arriving in Kyiv, the Ukrainian authorities announced on Tuesday.
Lots of the lifeless fighters had been members of the Azov regiment, which led the protection of the town for months beneath relentless Russian assault from floor, sea and air till their give up in Could.
Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of Occupied Territories over the weekend introduced the primary formally confirmed change of conflict lifeless for the reason that battle started. It stated the 2 sides had exchanged a complete of 320 our bodies, every getting again 160 units of stays. It gave no particulars on the place the our bodies had been recovered from.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian authorities, citing the Affiliation of Households of Defenders of Azovstal, stated that a few third of the our bodies turned over by Russia had been of members of the Azov regiment. Forensic consultants are inspecting the our bodies and conducting DNA evaluation in an effort to find out their identities.
With Mariupol totally beneath Russian management, it’s not clear whether or not all our bodies have been recovered from the plant.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, chatting with journalists in Kyiv on Monday, stated that Russia was holding greater than 2,500 Ukrainian troopers from the metal plant as prisoners of conflict. Whereas little is thought about their situation, he stated Ukraine’s first goal relating to the troopers had been achieved: They had been capable of go away the plant with their lives.
“At the moment there may be the second half — to convey them dwelling alive,” he stated.