Bodies of some Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol handed over to Kyiv

Bodies of some Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol handed over to Kyiv

KYIV – The our bodies of some Ukrainian fighters killed defending the town of Mariupol from Russian forces at an enormous metal works have been handed over to Kyiv, the households of Ukraine’s Azov unit of the nationwide guard mentioned.

Ukrainian forces defending Mariupol had been holed up within the Azovstal steelworks for weeks as Russian forces tried to seize the town. The Ukrainian troopers ultimately surrendered final month and had been taken into custody by Russian forces.

There was little details about the destiny of the estimated 2,000 Azovstal defenders. Kyiv is in search of the handover of all of them in a prisoner swap, however some Russian lawmakers need some of the troopers placed on trial.

It was not instantly clear what number of our bodies had arrived in Kyiv on this first such switch. They seem to have been handed over as a part of an change of 160 our bodies between Russia and Ukraine that was introduced final week by Ukraine’s Ministry of Reintegration of the Quickly Occupied Territories.

“It’s vital to notice {that a} third of the our bodies (handed over) had been Azov fighters, the affiliation of the opposite fighters to totally different models is being clarified,” the households mentioned in a press release launched late on Monday.

A serviceman locations a beret on the coffin lined with a Ukrainian flag in the course of the farewell ceremony for a soldier.Nina Liashonok / Avalon

Russia casts the Azov Regiment, which led the protection of the metal works at Mariupol, as a “Nazi” militia with radical far-right origins.

Ukraine denies that, saying the unit has been reformed and built-in into its armed forces and is outdoors politics.

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