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Azovstal commander says obeys order to save lives

A view shows a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 15, 2022. REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko

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May 16 (Reuters) – A senior commander of Ukrainian forces holed up beneath the Azovstal steel mill besieged by Russian forces said he was carrying out a decision by the military high command to save the lives of service personnel, but made no mention of surrendering.

“The main thing is to realize all the risks, is there a plan B, are you fully committed to that plan which must allow for fulfilling the assigned tasks and preserve the lives and health of personnel?” Commander Denys Prokopenko said in a video posted on social media.

“This is the highest level of overseeing troops. All the more so when your decision is endorsed by the highest military command.”

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing Ronald Popeski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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