(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 16 - "Mariupol's defenders carried out the order. Despite all the difficulties, they pushed back the overwhelming forces of the enemy for 82 days and allowed the Ukrainian army to reorganize, train more personnel and receive weapons from partner countries . No weapon will work without professional soldiers, which makes them the most valuable element of the army. To save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison is implementing the (evacuation) decision approved by the Supreme Command and hopes for the support of the Ukrainian people. "
The commander of the Azov regiment, Denis Prokopenko, says this in a video message.