The number of Ukrainian militants who laid down their arms at the Mariupol ‘Azovstal’ plant has exceeded 1.7 thousand, as was reported by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov. Western mainstream media began to cover the surrender, though presenting it far from the real situation.
“Over the past day, 771 militants of the nationalist Azov unit surrendered. A total of 1,730 militants have surrendered since May 16, including 80 wounded,” he said.
However, if you were one of the millions of people around the world who only watch mainstream media, you’d likely think the Ukrainian military voluntarily retreated from the city after a job well done, as Western propaganda machine framed the surrender as Ukraine troops “fulfilling their combat mission”, “ending” the battle and “evacuating” the plant.
Ukrainian forces say they have ended their “combat mission” in besieged Mariupol, as hundreds are evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant. https://t.co/wqWfFpfpsR pic.twitter.com/XFGeRJ8eHL— CNN (@CNN) May 16, 2022
No, @POLITICOEurope, it’s not an “evacuation,” it’s a surrender. https://t.co/QtpRGP32HC— George Szamuely (@GeorgeSzamuely) May 17, 2022
Breaking News: Ukraine ended its “combat mission” in Mariupol and said fighters were being evacuated, signaling that the battle at a steel plant was over. https://t.co/XWTQLrzzLG— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 16, 2022
Efforts are underway to rescue the last of the defenders inside the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol after Ukraine said the fighters had “completed their mission” and there was no way to militarily free the plant. Ukraine didn’t use the word ”surrender.” https://t.co/SUhv6Vdepy— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2022
Neo-Nazis lost/surrendered in Mariupol. This is how CNN reported that news. pic.twitter.com/8qyRmvHKvb— Ram (@ramprasad_c) May 17, 2022
Russia’s reaction to West’s distortion of reality
“I did not know that there were so many ways in the English language to convey a simple message: the Azov Nazis have surrendered unconditionally” – Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) May 17, 2022
Exclusive footage of how surrendering(evacuiating) of “Azov” members from “Azovstal” looked today in Mariupol pic.twitter.com/54ncD0e2PD— AZ OSINT (@AZmilitary1) May 17, 2022
Independent journalist Patrick Lancaster published an update on the battle for Mariupol on Tuesday.