Unknown number of Ukrainian troops are still in Azovstal - UK MoD

Unknown number of Ukrainian troops are still in Azovstal - UK MoD
# 20 May 2022 09:44 (UTC +04:00)

The UK's Ministry of Defence has just issued its latest assessment of the fighting in Ukraine, APA reports citing BBC.

It suggests:

"As many as 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers are likely to have surrendered at the Azovstal metal works - the country's last pocket of resistance in Mariupol. An unknown number of troops are still inside

Once Russian forces have fully secured Mariupol, they are likely to head elsewhere in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region to reinforce other operations

But first, those soldiers will need to be "re-equipped" having faced stern Ukrainian resistance - something that can be a "lengthy process"

However, the MoD does not believe this will be done thoroughly - due to "pressure" on Russian commanders to quickly make gains elsewhere.

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