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Russia Grills Ukraine Soldiers, Claims Foreigners Also Fought In Mariupol Steel Plant

Russia starts the interrogation of the troops who surrendered on May 18, at the giant Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as the battle in the strategic port city appeared all but over.

Ukrainian servicemen sit in a bus after they were evacuated from the besieged Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant, near a prison in Olyonivka, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. More than 260 fighters, some severely wounded, were pulled from a steel plant on Monday that is the last redoubt of Ukrainian fighters in the city and transported to two towns controlled by separatists, officials on both sides said. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI )

RUSSIA starts the interrogation of the troops who surrendered on May 18, at the giant Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as the battle in the strategic port city appeared all but over. A video was released by the Russian Defence Ministry on Saturday, in which Russians interrogated the commander of Volyn oblast and other soldiers in northwestern Ukraine.

In the interrogation video clip, there were several questions asked by the Russian interrogator to get an idea about the preparations done by Ukraine’s army force to counter the invasions made by Russia in their country.

Questions asked by the interrogator from the prisoner soldier are as follows:

Q) Are all the troops going out?

A) The soldier responded to the question with “Yes”

Q) Is there anyone else on the territory of the plant?

A) The entire 36th brigade and its representatives are here with me. There are no more marines on the territory of the plant.

Q) Are there foreigners on the territory of the plant and where? Are there any VIPs?

A) Generally there are foreigners in the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and I don’t know about VIPs.

Q) Are the foreign curators?

A) I don’t know any foreign curators who would give any instructions.

It was also known to India Ahead that Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu, the army general of defence of Russia reported to Prime Minister Putin about the completion of the operation and the complete liberation of the Azovstal plant and Mariupol from Ukrainian militants.

The fighters from the steel plant may face an uncertain fate, with Ukraine saying they hope for a prisoner swap but Russia vowing to try at least some of them for war crimes. It’s not clear how many fighters remain inside the stronghold, Ukraine’s last in a city now largely reduced to rubble.

Both sides are trying to shape the narrative and extract propaganda victories from what has been one of the most important battles of the war. Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that 959 Ukrainian troops have now abandoned the Avozstal plant since they started coming out Monday.

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