Nationalist militants and foreign mercenaries blocked by the Russian armed forces at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol have until Sunday to lay down their arms and surrender. General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s National Defense Control Center, said.
“In view of the catastrophic situation that has developed at the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant, and guided by purely human principles, the Russian Armed Forces propose that militants of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries cease all hostilities and lay down weapons from 06:00 Moscow time. [ 03:00 GMT] April 17, 2022,” Mizintsev said.
He added that all those who lay down their arms are guaranteed life.
According to Mizintsev, the Azovstal nationalists and mercenaries “constantly ask the kyiv authorities for permission to lay down their arms and surrender. At the same time, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities categorically forbid doing this and threaten [them] with later executions.”
Mizintsev pointed out that on Saturday, April 16, there was a sharp increase in the intensity of radio communications of militants of nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries in Azovstal.