Surrender is not an option the Ukrainian Forces defending the Azovstal Iron and Steelworks Plan in Mariupol are considering.

SOFREP had reported that the Russian forces had stormed the Azovstal Steel Plant after civilians were evacuated from the complex after months of heavy bombing. Some 150 women and children who successfully hid in bunkers were transported out to Zaporizhzhia. Immediately after this, Russian bombs resumed, pummelling the plant in an effort to get the Ukrainian Forces out of the tunnels that comprise the plant.

Undeterred by the Russian advance to fully control the southern port city of Mariupol, the Azov Batallion, one of the units defending the plant, has pledged not to give up and never surrender.

Azov Regiment's Deputy Commander Sviatoslav Palamar (Anton Gerashchenko). Source:
Azov Regiment’s Deputy Commander Sviatoslav Palamar (Anton Gerashchenko/Twitter)

“We will always fight, as long as we are alive, for justice,” Azov Deputy Commander Captain Sviatoslav “Kalina” Palamar said. “We don’t have much time; we are coming under intense shelling.”

Azov Regiment intelligence officer Ilya Samoilenko also pledged on behalf of the regiment that they would not surrender to the Russian occupiers and that they, themselves, had witnessed the war crimes committed by the 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.”

Samoilenko is also known to be one of the handicapped fighters of the Azov. He lost his left arm and right eye during the war in 2015. He still fights using his titanium mechanical prosthesis.

“Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives,” he added. He also revealed that the Azov regiment had 200 wounded soldiers within the complex and that they would never abandon one of their own.

Ilya Samoylenko, intelligence officer of the Azov Regiment (Euromaidan Press). Source:
Ilya Samoilenko, intelligence officer of the Azov Regiment (Euromaidan Press/Twitter)

“We can’t abandon our injured, our dead – these people deserve fitting treatment, they deserve a burial worthy of the name. We won’t leave anyone behind us.”