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Ukraine forces in Azovstal: ‘Surrender not an option’
Ukrainian forces holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steelworks in the Russian-controlled city of Mariupol said Sunday they would not surrender and vowed to fight on.
“We, all of the military personnel in the garrison of Mariupol, we have witnessed the war crimes performed by Russia, by the Russian army,” said Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer.
“We are witnesses. Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives.”
The Azovstal steel mill is the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated port city and its fate has taken on a symbolic value in the broader battle since Russia’s invasion.
“All our supplies are limited. We still have water. We still have munitions. We will have our personal weapons. We will fight until the best resolution of the situation,” Samoilenko said during a press conference.
He added that the regiment would not abandon its 200 or so injured soldiers.
“We can’t abandon our injured, our dead — these people deserve fitting treatment, they deserve a burial worthy of the name. We won’t leave anyone behind us,” he said.