Hundreds of soldiers Ukraine who gave up on Russia in Mariupol is said to be on the list of prisoners of war in order to receive humane treatment.
This was revealed by Amnesty International which stated that Ukrainian soldiers were now prisoners of war.
“[Oleh karena itu mereka] must not be subjected to any form of torture or ill-treatment,” Amnesty International said on Twitter.
The International Red Cross then collects their information, including names, dates of birth, and relatives in order to be on the list of prisoners of war, it is quoted as saying Associated Press on Friday (20/5).
According to Russian records, more than 1,700 Ukrainian troops trying to defend the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol surrendered since the start of last week.
Some of them were taken by Russian troops to areas controlled by the pro-Moscow separatist Donbas. Others were hospitalized.
Azov Battalion Defends in Steelworks
However, there were a number of soldiers still surviving in the factory’s bunkers and tunnels. Their numbers are kept secret.
The deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, Svyatoslav Palamar, admitted he and other troops were still around the factory.
“An operation is in progress, the details of which I can’t announce,” Palamar said in the short video.
The Azov Battalion is a militia that helps Ukrainian troops fight the Russians in Mariupol. This group is also suspected of being the reason Moscow invaded its neighboring country.
Faced with this, Ukraine hopes for a prisoner exchange. But the Russian side threatened to investigate some of the Azovstal fighters for war crimes and put them on trial.
For the Russians, taking control of the Azovstal steel mill would allow them to claim complete control over Mariupol. Apart from that, Moscow will also secure the long-sought victory.