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Chechen leader Kadyrov said that more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines had surrendered in Mariupol

Chechen leader Kadyrov said that more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines had surrendered in Mariupol

(Reuters) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines had surrendered in the besieged port city of Mariupol and urged the remaining troops holed up at the Azovstal steel plant to surrender.

There was no comment from Ukrainian officials on the statement made on Kadyrov’s Telegram channel. The Ukrainian General Staff, in its morning report on Wednesday, said that Russian forces continue to launch attacks on Azovstal and the port.

Russian television showed pictures of what it said were marines surrendering to Ilyich Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol on Tuesday, many of whom were injured.

It was not clear what plant – Azovstal or Illich Iron and Steel Works – Kadyrov meant when he spoke of the surrender of 1,000 Ukrainian marines.

“Currently in Azovstal there are about 200 wounded people who are not receiving any medical assistance,” Kadyrov said in his letter. “For them and for all the rest it would be better to end this absurd resistance and go home to their families.”

Kadyrov is a staunch supporter of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin and has deployed many of his fighters to Ukraine to promote Russia’s “disarmament” and “disarmament” campaign in Ukraine.

In previous posts, he vowed to go ahead with the capture of Mariupol and put pressure on all other Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv

Russian television footage showed what it said were Ukrainian soldiers walking on a road with their hands in the air. One of the soldiers was seen holding a Ukrainian passport.

(Reporting by Ronald Popesky; Editing by Robert Persell)

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