Two battalions of the 36th Marines Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have recently decided to surrender in Mariupol. Over 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers and officers laid down their arms. The media reported earlier that 265 marines had also surrendered in Mariupol.
Alexander Sladkov, a military correspondent of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, wrote in his Telegram channel that more than a thousand Ukrainian marines who had been sheltering at the Illich Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol decided the day before to surrender. According to Sladkov, about 300 people are wounded, of whom 90 were severely injured and cannot move on their own. The military correspondent who is currently in Mariupol also published a video of the marines surrendering in his Telegram channel.
Sladkov's information about the surrender of more than 1,000 AFU Marines was confirmed by Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry's official spokesman, on April 13.
As the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, reported on April 13, a Ukrainian soldier was captured on 9 April and told that up to 2,000 fighters and up to 300 mercenaries from various countries were sheltering at the Azovstal plant.
There is an assumption that it was the leaders of the Azov nationalist battalion* and mercenaries that the Ukrainian government tried to save by sending helicopters and an Apache cargo ship to Mariupol. As known, these attempts failed. The helicopters were shot down, and the dry cargo ship, whose captain eventually decided to comply with the demand of the Russian sailors, was escorted to the port of Yeisk.
At present, Mariupol is almost completely cleared of Ukrainian nationalists. The port is also under the control of the military forces of Russia and the Donestk People’s Republic, so all escape-routes are cut off. Continuing resistance is becoming more pointless and futile with each passing day. The Azov battalion fighters are running out of food and water, lacking ammunition, with many wounded. Kiev is not providing any real assistance, apparently trying to “heroize” them for propaganda purposes, just as it did to the servicemen who surrendered on Snake Island before that. At the time, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky declared that they had all died heroically and presented them with state awards.
Notably, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine understated the number of Ukrainian soldiers who were on that island several times, which indicates that Zelensky does not know the situation in the AFU at all.
Individual units of nationalists, finding themselves without support and assistance from Kiev, are making desperate attempts to break out of the encirclement in Mariupol. Earlier, about a hundred Nazis who had taken refuge at Azovstal, together with their equipment, attempted to break through the encirclement in Mariupol. According to Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok battalion of the DPR Interior Ministry, about 30 combat vehicles, which included self-propelled vehicles, tried to break the encirclement. In order to camouflage their vehicles, the nationalists applied the letter Z, which is the identification mark applied to Russian combat vehicles. Khodakovsky specified that the Nazis were observed from the moment they began to form a column. According to Khodakovsky, the Azov fighters abandoned their equipment and about 50 people were killed as a result of the fire strike. The search for the surviving fighters is now under way.
Earlier, on April 4, Kadyrov reported that 265 Ukrainian marines in Mariupol also refused to die for the Nazi regime in Kiev and surrendered. All the marines who surrendered are now in complete safety, added Kadyrov.
* The Aidar and Azov nationalist battalions are recognized as extremist organizations and are banned in Russia.