Ukrainian servicemen leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Russian Defence Ministry Handout
Ukrainian servicemen leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Russian Defence Ministry Handout
Ukraine war

Explainer |
Who were Mariupol’s last defenders?

  • Ukrainian forces were a mix of seasoned soldiers, border guards, a controversial national guard regiment and volunteers who took up arms just before the invasion
  • Russia’s Defence Ministry said a total of 2,439 Ukrainian fighters from the steelworks had surrendered since Monday

Ukrainian servicemen leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Russian Defence Ministry Handout
Ukrainian servicemen leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Russian Defence Ministry Handout
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