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April 17, 2022 1:12 amby The Kyiv Independent news desk

A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said on April 16 that Russian troops had surrounded about 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers that had remained near the Azovstal metallurgical plant and that "their only chance to save their lives is to voluntarily lay down their arms and surrender." The claims have not been independently verified.

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