Azovstal commander says military leaders ordered ‘preservation of life’
The commander of Ukraine’s Azov regiment has said military leaders had ordered the “preservation of life” and the “health of the garrison soldiers” amid fighting in the besieged city.
In a video message, Denis Prokopenko, whose soldiers have been holding out against Russian forces in the key southern port city, said the regiment had “constantly emphasised the three most important conditions, namely, civilians, wounded, and dead”.
According to a translation by AP, he said: “The top military leadership ordered the preservation of the life and health of the garrison soldiers and the cessation of the city’s defences.
“Despite heavy fighting, circular defence, and a lack of supplies, we constantly emphasised the three most important conditions, namely, civilians, wounded, and dead.
“As a result, civilians were evacuated, the seriously injured received the necessary assistance, and they were evacuated with further exchange and transfer to the territory controlled by Ukraine.
“As for the fallen heroes, the process continues, but I hope that their families and the whole of Ukraine will be able to bury their soldiers with honour in the near future.”