Supreme Court to consider recognizing Azov as terrorist in May 26
The Russian Ministry of Justice states that the case of recognizing the Ukrainian paramilitary neo-Nazi Azov Battalion as a terrorist organization and prohibiting its activities on Russian territories is scheduled for May 26.
Russia's Ministry of Justice announced on Tuesday that the Supreme Court of Russia will consider on May 26 recognizing the Ukrainian Azov regiment as a terrorist organization.
The Ministry’s website posted, "The Russian Ministry of Justice informs that the administrative case related to recognizing the Ukrainian paramilitary national association Azov as a terrorist organization and prohibiting its activities on Russian territories, is scheduled to be considered on May 26, at the Russian Supreme Court."
Earlier today, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) said Tuesday on its social media accounts that its troop located at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have been ordered to surrender.
In a statement, the AFU said that “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."
Kiev claimed that its troops have prevented Russian forces from operating in other locations, adding that along with the Azov neo-Nazi Battalion, its forces had “prevented the implementation of the [Russian] plan for the quick capture of Zaporozhye, and did not allow access to the administrative border of the Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions.”
On April 21, the Russian Defense Minister announced the liberation of the city of Mariupol, which he described as the "capital of the Ukrainian neo-nazi Azov battalion," noting that the gunmen were trapped in the area of the Azovstal plant.
The Russian President directed the army to tighten the cordon on the Azovstal industrial zone and not storm the place, in order to preserve the life of the Russian soldiers.
It is worth noting that the Azov Battalion is a funded volunteer military unit, and after the Ukrainian authorities' decision to ban illegal armed formations, the volunteer battalions were offered to join the units of the Ministry of Defense. It is reported that many of the soldiers and officers of these units are members of the Ukrainian far-right groups who openly adopt neo-Nazi views.