Russia said Wednesday that 694 Ukrainian soldiers blocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol have surrendered over the past 24 hours, including 29 wounded.
Beijing – Russia said Wednesday that 694 Ukrainian soldiers blocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol have surrendered over the past 24 hours, including 29 wounded.
The soldiers began to surrender on Monday following an agreement reached between Moscow and Kiev on the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers.
On Wednesday, Russia announced to expel diplomats from France, Spain and Italy in response to the earlier expulsion of Russian diplomats from the three European countries.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia has declared 34 French diplomats, 27 Spanish diplomatic staff and 24 Italian diplomats “personae non gratae.”
According to the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, the U.S. reopened its embassy in Ukraine three months after it ceased operation in anticipation that Russia would launch a military operation in the country.
The secretary said the United States will “continue to support the government and people of Ukraine as they defend their country” in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
By Xinhua News Agency