The heroic defenders of Mariupol have declared ‘mission accomplished’ as survivors began evacuating from the city after 82 days under Russia siege, with the full garrison expected to leave by the end of the day.
Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov battalion which has been leading the city’s defence, said in a video message last night that that his men had ‘carried out the order’ to hold up Russian forces in the city and allowed the Ukrainian army to regroup, train more men and receive weapons from abroad.
Battered, bloody, but unbowed, he said the ‘entire Mariupol garrison’ will now be evacuated from the city ‘in order to save lives’. ‘No weapon will work without professional servicemen, making them the most valuable element of the army,’ he added.
President Zelensky delivered a…