According to the speaker of the State Duma, Russia humanely treats those captured in Ukraine, but if we are talking about war criminals, they should be brought to justice
State Duma committees were instructed to study the issue of a ban on the exchange of war criminals, the chairman said lower chamber Vyacheslav Volodin.
“As far as the Nazis are concerned, our position here must remain unchanged: these are war criminals, and we must do everything so that they are brought to justice,” — he wrote in the Telegram channel.
The question of the ban on the exchange of war criminals at a meeting of the State Duma was raised by deputy Anatoly Wasserman. He proposed to adopt a resolution or a law regulating this topic.
Volodin approved his proposal. “You are making the right offer. Nazi criminals should not be exchanged,— he said.
Volodin said that the Russian side humanely treats those who surrendered or were taken prisoner, and also contributes to their treatment.
On April 21, Vladimir Putin instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to cancel the assault on the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, where Ukrainian servicemen remain, and ordered to completely block it. The Ministry of Defense stated that on the territory of the plant “securely blocked” militants of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion “Azov” (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) and foreign mercenaries.
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After that, negotiations on the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the enterprise intensified, on May 7 their removal from the plant was completed. According to the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, there are no civilians left at the plant, but about 1,200 Ukrainian soldiers are hiding there.
On the eve of the Ministry of Defense reported that from the territory of “Azovstal” began to take out the wounded Ukrainian military, they are taken to the Novoazovsk hospital in the DPR. Prior to this, the commander of the battalion “Vostok” People's Republic of Alexander Khodakovsky said that ten soldiers with white flags had left the territory of the enterprise.
According to the Ministry of Defense, over the past day, 265 soldiers and militants of “Azov”, including 51 seriously wounded, have surrendered.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said the night before that work to rescue the military from the plant and return them to the territory controlled by Kyiv continues. He stated that Ukraine “needs them alive.” The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, forwarded the question to the Ministry of Defense whether Russia considered those evacuated from Azovstal prisoners of war. He promised that the Russian side would treat them in accordance with international laws.
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