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‘Surrender not an option’: Ukraine forces hold up in Azovstal

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo)
Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo)

Ukraine forces holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steel works in the Russian controlled city of Mariupol say that they were unable to surrender, fearing reprisals from Russian forces.

“We, all of the military personnel in the garrison of Mariupol, we have witnessed the war crimes performed by Russia, by the Russian army. We are witnesses. Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives,” says Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer.

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