In a major development, at least 267 Ukrainian soldiers from the 503rd battalion of the 36th separate marine brigade of the Naval Forces of Ukraine surrendered to Russian forces in Mariupol.
The claim was made by the Head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, and is also confirmed by RT's Telegram channel.
|Ramzan Kadyrov: Those Ukrainian troops who surrendered to Russian troops made the right choice in order to save the "lives of the long-suffering Ukrainian people". The Head of Chechnya said that the 267 Ukraine marines who are currently in Russian captivity are "completely safe".
I have always turned to the Ukrainian military with a proposal to surrender and, together with the Russian military, to restore order in the country for the sake of the peaceful life of the long-suffering Ukrainian people," as per the Telegram post of Kadyrov. Further, he maintained that the kin of the soldiers no longer need to worry as the officers are in complete safety.
Russia also assured to save the lives of all Ukrainians who laid down their arms. However, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has not reacted to the statement released by the Head of Chechnya. Earlier on several occasions, Kadyrov claimed that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation would soon be able to completely free Mariupol from Ukrainian nationalists.
He claimed that most of the Ukrainian cities are already under the control of the Russian army - a claim that the Ukrainian government has dismissed on several occasions.
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