Ukrainian fighters who surrendered in the city of Mariupol have been transferred to Russia for investigation. Russia’s state-run news agency Tas reported the news, citing Russian law enforcement sources.
Al Jazeera reports that more than 1,000 troops have been transferred to Russia. There are plans to transfer more Ukrainian detainees to Russia.
However, Ukraine said it was working to bring all detainees back. On the other hand, some Russian lawmakers have called for the detainees to be brought to justice.
The bodies of Ukrainian fighters killed in an attempt to save Mariupol have arrived in Kiev. The BBC quoted relatives as saying.
Family members of the slain soldiers say Ukraine has accepted the bodies of 160 people as part of an exchange with Russia. They also claimed that an equal number of bodies had been returned to Ukraine. However, no comment was received from Moscow in this regard.
Ukrainian fighters were trapped in the Azovstal steel plant for several weeks. Russia captured the surviving fighters last May.
More than a thousand Ukrainian fighters were captured from Mariupol and held in Russian-controlled territory. They were later taken to Russia for investigation.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he thought Russia had captured more than 2,500 fighters from Azerbaijan. Ukrainian fighters include border guards, police and regional forces.
Moscow claims that Ukrainian forces have been forced to surrender in Azerbaijan. However, Kiev said that the fighters of Azbastal did not allow the occupying forces to be deployed elsewhere. After achieving the goal by fighting in the end, they saved their lives under the direction of the authorities.