The Russians captured the sea side city of Mariupol in late April, which consisted of all the parts of the city inhabited by regular folks and the government buildings. A remnant of the Azov Battalion–a proven neo-Nazi organization–retreated into the bowels of the Azovstal Steel plant. Initially, the Russians set up a security cordon around the massive facility and seemed prepared to wait them out. But Russia changed its mind and its operation and re-commenced a ferocious artillery, bomber and missile barrage with the intent of killing the Azov remnants or forcing their surrender.
Between 270 and 300 Azov members opted to survive and surrendered today to the Russians.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has confirmed in its social networks, on Tuesday evening, that its servicemen holed up at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have been ordered to surrender.
“The garrison “Mariupol” has completed the assigned combat mission. The highest military command issued an order to the commanders of the units located at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel,” the Ukrainian military statement explained. According to Kiev, while holding positions at Azovstal, its soldiers prevented Russian troops from operating in other theaters.
This surrender provides one more piece of evidence of the lies and delusions that infect Volodomyr Zelenshky’s goverment. Ten days ago Zelensky sang a different tune during talks with the UK:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the besieged city of Mariupol cannot fall to Russia because it is already completely destroyed. . . .
“There is nothing there to fall apart,” Zelenskyy said. “It is already devastated. There is no place, there is no structure, it is all destroyed completely.”. . .
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: “The city doesn’t exist anymore. The remaining of the Ukrainian army and large group of civilians are basically encircled by the Russian forces.”https://www.businessinsider.com/zelenskyy-says-mariupol-cannot-fall-already-devastated-2022-5?op=1
Zelenskyy and Kuleba claims to the contrary, Mariupol is coming back to life. Electricity and water service are being restored. It is true that some parts of the city suffered enormous damage and buildings must be destroyed and rebuilt. The city exists, just not under Ukrainian control.
Here is what one of the Azov commanders declared in late February about the looming battle for Mariupol. He was trying his best to channel Winston Churchill:
Looks like the last drop of blood has come and gone. Russia, instead of shooting these guys in the head as the crawl out of their holes, is rendering medical attention in line with the Geneva Convention:
And here is further video evidence courtesy of an RT correspondent that this was more than just a couple of guys raising the white flag:
Finally, if you are skeptical of the claims that Azov is enamored of Nazi symbolism, here is a before and after photo of one of the former fighters extracted from Azovstal. Notice the flag–Misanthropic Division–carries the Nazi Totenkopf. According to the ADL, this is a NAZI symbol (read here):
My friend Andrei Martyanov writes that we should, “Prepare for some big stories” as a result of the surrender of Azovstal. I trust Andrei’s instincts.
One final observation about those in the west who insist that there are no Nazi elements in Ukraine because Zelensky is a Jew. I want to introduce you to Chaim Rumkowski. He was a prominent Jewish leader in the Lodz Ghetto:
Rumkowski accrued much power by transforming the ghetto into an industrial base manufacturing war supplies for the Wehrmacht in the mistaken belief that productivity was the key to Jewish survival beyond the Holocaust. The Germans liquidated the ghetto in 1944. All remaining prisoners were sent to death camps in the wake of military defeats on the Eastern Front.
As the head of the Judenrat, Rumkowski is remembered for his speech Give Me Your Children, delivered at a time when the Germans demanded his compliance with the deportation of 20,000 children to Chełmno extermination camp. In August 1944, Rumkowski and his family joined the last transport to Auschwitz, and he was murdered there on August 28, 1944, by Jewish Sonderkommando inmates who beat him to death as revenge for his role in the Holocaust.
One can make the case that Zelesky’s conduct as Ukrainian President puts him in line to be remembered as a 21st Century Chaim Rumkowsky.