Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Amid Russian Calls For 'Tribunals,' Concerns Expressed Over Fate Of Azovstal Defenders.

A Ukrainian soldier stands inside the ruined Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on May 16.

A Ukrainian soldier stands inside the ruined Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on May 16.

Concerns have been expressed over the fate of Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner by Russian forces after abandoning the Azovstal steel-mill complex in the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol.

Prominent Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia’s faction in the State Duma and chairman of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee, said on May 22 that the fate of the captured soldiers, many of whom are members of the ultra-nationalist Azov Regiment, “should be determined by a tribunal.”

Live Briefing: Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

RFE/RL's Live Briefing gives you all of the major developments on Russia's invasion, how Kyiv is fighting back, the plight of civilians, and Western reaction . For all of RFE/RL's coverage of the war, click here .

“My opinion remains unchanged: There must be no exchange of members of the Azov [Regiment], which is outlawed in Russia,” Slutsky wrote on his Telegram channel.

Ukrainian officials and relatives of the soldiers have urged Moscow to treat the men as prisoners of war. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshuk said on May 21 that Kyiv “will fight for the return” of every one of them.

The Russian Defense Ministry on May 20 asserted its forces had complete control of the massive factory following weeks of intense fighting in the city that has left thousands feared dead.

Ukraine has described the withdrawal from Azovstal as an authorized “evacuation,” rather than a surrender.

Russia has said some 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers have been taken into custody at the plant. Denis Pushilin, the head of a Russia-backed separatist group in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, said he thought the prisoners would face a “tribunal.”

The Kremlin has misleadingly portrayed its invasion of Ukraine as an effort to root out “Nazis” and other extremists.

The Azov Regiment is a far-right, volunteer group that is part of Ukraine’s National Guard. Formerly known as the Azov Battalion, it espouses an ultra-nationalist ideology that U.S. law enforcement authorities have linked with neo-Nazi extremism. But supporters see it as a patriotic and effective part of the country’s defense forces.

The Russian state news agency Interfax earlier reported that Moscow was considering exchanging Azovstal prisoners for pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who is facing criminal charges in Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry on May 21 released video purportedly showing Russian troops taking Serhiy Volynskiy, commander of the Ukrainian Navy’s 36th Special Marine Brigade, into custody.

An estimated 100,000 civilians remain in Mariupol and are facing a major health and sanitation catastrophe, officials say. Local officials have accused Russia of concealing atrocities -- including the bombings of a maternity hospital and a theater in which hundreds of civilians were sheltering -- by burying slain civilians in shallow mass graves. Satellite images released in April seemed to show possible mass graves on the outskirts of Mariupol.

“The city is on the verge of an outbreak of infectious diseases,” Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko posted on Telegram.

With reporting by Interfax, AP, and Reuters

Останні новини

Ukraine Reports Massive Attack From Belarus

Ukraine said it came under "massive bombardment" Saturday from neighbouring Belarus, a Russian ally not officially involved in the conflict, the day after announcing a retreat from the strategic city...

NDTV News

January 6 hearing to focus on Trump's push for DOJ to help overturn 2020 election.

January 6 hearing to focus on Trump's push for DOJ to help overturn 2020 election.

During its fifth public hearing on Thursday, the House select committee investigating January 6 will focus on efforts by former President Donald Trump to influence the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election results. CBS News' Trinity Cha...

1

MoneyWatch: First-time unemployment claims decline

MoneyWatch: First-time unemployment claims decline

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, initial jobless claims fell to 229,000 for the week ending June 18th. That's 2,000 fewer than the previous week. CBS News reporter Sarah Ewall-Wice joined Errol Barnett and Anne-Marie Green to discuss wha...

California Studies Reparations for Black Residents Who Descended From Enslaved.

California Studies Reparations for Black Residents Who Descended From Enslaved.

Money, education and housing subsidies are among the possible remedies discussed by a state task force Originally published at -

PM urges critics to keep an 'open mind' on Rwanda policy.

PM urges critics to keep an 'open mind' on Rwanda policy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Rwanda's capital Kigali where he is due to meet the Prince of Wales as well as 54 heads of state for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. And Sky's Political Editor Beth Rigby explains why that UK govern...

British Airways staff vote to strike over the summer holidays.

British Airways staff vote to strike over the summer holidays.

British Airways workers at Heathrow Airport have voted to strike during the school summer holidays in a dispute over pay. The move will cause more travel chaos as the industry struggles to get back on its feet after the pandemic. The GMB trade uni...

Investigation underway into jet's fiery crash landing in Miami.

Investigation underway into jet's fiery crash landing in Miami.

Federal investigators are looking into how a Red Air plane carrying 140 people ended up partially in flames after suffering a landing gear issue at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.