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15:58 11 Aug 2022

More than 130 women from Azovstal remain in russian captivity

More than 130 women are currently remain in Russian captivity, including service members, border guards and medical workers.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, said this at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine.

"We have 131 women from Azovstal. Among them are those who served in the Azov Regiment, among them are military medics, among them are border guards, among them are the 36th brigade of marines, among them are service members of the National Guard, the Armed Forces and other formations. There are also 33 medics that are considered non-combatants according to the Geneva Conventions. Among them are also those who were at Azovstal," Vereshchuk said.

She stressed that Ukraine will fight for them and draw due attention to Russia's actions against these people.

As reported, more than 2,500 soldiers of the Azov Regiment were captured by the Russian forces after the Supreme Military Command ordered the commanders to stop the defense of Mariupol and save the lives of the warriors.

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