MOSCOW (Realist English). Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin canceled the storming of the Azovstal industrial zone.
“This is the case when we have to think — that is, we always have to think, but in this case even more so — about preserving the life and health of our soldiers and officers. There is no need to climb into these catacombs and crawl underground in these industrial facilities. Block this industrial zone so that not a single fly flies by.” he ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin offered once again to all those who have not yet laid down their arms to do so:
“The Russian side guarantees them life and decent treatment in accordance with the relevant international legal acts. All those who are injured will be provided with qualified medical care.”
The Head of State called the completion of the combat work on the liberation of Mariupol a success.
“I congratulate you. Pass the words of gratitude to the troops. Please submit proposals for awarding our distinguished soldiers to state awards. It is clear that in such cases there is no other way, these are different awards, but I want them all to know that in our understanding they are all heroes, in the understanding of the whole of Russia. They’re all heroes.
In this regard, in addition to fulfilling all social obligations to our servicemen, especially to those who were injured, to the families of our comrades who died, it is necessary to ensure the unconditional fulfillment of all social guarantees.” he stressed.
Putin said it was necessary to think about additional measures of support, and “in some cases, to think about perpetuating the memory of those of our comrades who really showed heroism and sacrificed their lives for the peaceful life of our people in the Donbas and to ensure the peaceful life and existence of Russia itself, the peaceful existence of our country. These people deserved it by their actions and their attitude to the oath.”