VIDEO | This is what the surrender of the last fighters from Azovstal looked like

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Russia's Defense Ministry says it has completely liberated the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol following the surrender of the last Ukrainian troops. A video has been released showing the surrender of the last Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal.

The video shows Russian troops checking Ukrainian fighters. Some of the fighters showed their tattoos in front of the camera at the request of Russian soldiers.

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Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko said 2.439 Ukrainian defense personnel had surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant since May 16 and the last 500 on Friday.

Ukraine hopes to replace Azovstal's troops with Russian prisoners, although several senior Russian politicians have called for his trial and one has even called for his execution.

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In a video statement, Azov Battalion Commander Denis Prokopenko said that civilians and heavily wounded Ukrainian soldiers had been evacuated from the factory. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Ukrainian fighters would be treated in accordance with international norms for prisoners of war.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced the surrender of Azovstal fighters. He noted that the fighters who were in the besieged Azovstal were told to come out and save their lives.

"The boys received a clear signal from military commanders on Friday that they could come out and save lives," Zelensky told Ukrainian television.

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