Russia’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that over a thousand Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered in Mariupol.
Mariupol is a strategic port city in eastern Ukraine that has been surrounded by Russian troops for over a month.
“In the city of Mariupol… 1,026 Ukrainian servicemen of the 36th marine brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered,” the ministry said.
The soldiers surrendered near the “Mariupol Metallurgical Plant named after Illich,” a large steel factory.
Among the troops were 162 officers and 47 were women, the ministry added. More than 100 were wounded.
Mariupol apparently connects Crimea and separatist territories Donetsk and Lugansk in Donbas.
Since the beginning of Russia’s military operation, Mariupol has seen some of the most intense fighting in the conflict.