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The Kremlin guaranteed treatment in accordance with “international law” to Ukrainian fighters who surrendered at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupolafter a prolonged siege.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “has guaranteed that (those surrendered) will receive treatment in accordance with international law”said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, at a press conference.
According to Russia there are 265 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated the day before from the Azovstal steelworks, including 51 seriously injured, tras lay down their arms and surrender prisoners, explained the Defense Ministry.
Peskov avoided commenting on the condition of the surrendered soldiers and stated that it is a matter of the Ministry of Defense.
Ukraine affirmed that it will continue the work to “save lives” of the fighters entrenched in Azovstal and hoped to be able to “exchange them for Russian prisoners of war”.
In turn, the president of the Duma (lower house) of the Russian Parliament, Viacheslav Volodin, assured that the “Nazi criminals”, referring to the members of the nationalist Azov battalion, they should not be exchanged.
“They are war criminals and we have to do everything to make them answer to justice,” he said.
He also added that “Russia, unlike the armed forces of Ukraine, provides humane treatment to prisoners“. EFE
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