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⚡️95 Azovstal defenders returned home in POWs exchange. Among them, 43 are from Azov. These are the first Azovstal defenders that returned home. Most of the released have serious injuries: gunshot and shrapnel wounds, burns, amputations, UA intel reports

95 from 2,500 #Azovstal  defenders come back home today. We pray ALL will come back some day! 🙏 #StandWithUkraine ️ #RussiaUkraineWar 

Ukraine says 144 POWs — the majority of them defenders of Azovstal in Mariupol — have returned home in a prisoner exchange.

There had been concerns over the fate of Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner by Russian forces after they abandoned the Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol.

SITREP DAY 126 1. Additional NATO takes: - US forces permanent presence in PL - TR lifts veto vs FISE as US greenlights F16 modernisation (but apparently no F35s) 2. US has frozen $ 330 bn RU assets 3. RUUA prisoner exchange (144 wounded each, apparently incl Azovstal defenders

Good news, 144 UA defenders were freed, including 95 Azovstal defenders. Many of the exchanged have injuries and need immediate medical attention.

Ukrainian intelligence said that 144 Ukrainian soldiers, including scores of defenders of the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port city of Mariupol, have been freed in a prisoner swap with Moscow.

🎥Lyudmila, a resident of Mariupol, was attacked by a knife-wielding foreign mercenary who escaped from the Azovstal plant WATCH

Ukraine returned bodies of 46 fallen Ukrainian soldiers, incl 21 Azovstal defenders - reintegration ministry The swap took place in Zaporizhia Oblast.

"As the owner of Azovstal and many other industrial facilities that have been targeted by the invading Russian armed forces, Mr. Akhmetov seeks to ensure that Russia is held accountable for the destruction it is wreaking across Ukraine," a statement said.


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Azovstal defender Vitaliy Zinchenko died May 5 covering his comrades from the enemy tank, receiving fatal shrapnel wounds. His body cannot be taken from Azovstal plant, b/c Russians do not allow it. About 200 bodies of killed UA defenders still at Azovstal

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Putin is hailing Russia's "liberation" of Mariupol after his forces completely destroyed during a two-month siege. He told defense minister Sergei Shoigu to block off the Azovstal metallurgical plant, where the last Ukrainian troops are holed up, "so that a fly can't get in."

UA defender Serhiy Volyna writes from Azovstal: "It is as if I found myself in some hellish reality show where we, military,are fighting for life, using every chance,&the world is watching an interesting story. This is real:pain, suffering, hunger, torment, tears, fear, death" 1/2

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"I and Azov commanders are on the territory of Azovstal. Certain operation is underway, I will not disclose the details. Thank you world & thank you Ukraine for your support. See you," deputy commander of Azov Sviatoslav Palamar said in a short address

Happening now: Svyatoslav Palamar, second in command of the Azov Regiment in Mariupol, and Illia Samoilenko, an Azov Regiment lieutenant, are speaking to journalists from inside the Azovstal plant via Zoom. They paint a dire picture of the situation there.

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The Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol after knocking out the latest Russian attempt to assault last remaining UA fortress Azovstal 🎥Nik Mark

"If world civilization still has common spiritual values, if ppl can still feel pain of others, if a plea 4 help can call 2 action, then I call to fight 4 Mariupol garrison! Marines R always faithful!" Serhiy Volyna calls on world to launch extraction for UA defenders at Azovstal

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Situation in Mariupol Azovstal growing more dire. Marine commander Serhiy Volyna says ~600 wounded troops in serious condition, w/o meds, in unsanitary conditions; 100s of civilians including many kids, people with disabilities underground. They’re running out of food and water.

The Marine commander at Azovstal appealed to Erdogan "I am appealing to Turkish people,to President to apply extraction procedure,to do all to take Mariupol garrison to TR ,to practically take us away with sec.guarantees from TR side. We are much counting on your help" @HaberturkTV 

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