Russia claims that 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrendered in the southern port city of Mariupol a few hours ago. However, Ukraine insists that they are still currently fighting despite quickly running out of ammunition.
The Russians have advanced and taken control of a majority of Mariupol despite strong resistance from the Ukrainian forces. The Ukrainians are still defending the small pockets of land they have left, but military analysts(including SOFREP) have predicted that the city might fall completely to Russia in a matter of a few days unless its defenders are resupplied or relieved.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that some 1,026 soldiers and 162 officers belonging to the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade had surrendered to them. However, the Ukrainian Government had not confirmed this and said they had no news of any surrender. Furthermore, Mariupol Deputy Mayor Serhiy Orlov said their troops were still fighting.
These marines were defending the Azovstal Industrial District as it is one of the few places still in Ukrainian control. In recent days, the district and its surrounding areas were reported to be the subject of heavy fighting. In the same timeframe, the 36th Marine Brigade was said to run out of ammunition.