Photo by Dmytro Kozatsky | The Azovstal plant, Mariupol. May 10, 2022 | A Ukrainian soldier injured during the fighting. As the siege progressed and supplies dwindled, conditions deteriorated for the wounded.
For months, Azov troops fought with little ammunition and medical supplies. In a desperate plea to the Ukrainian government and Western allies, Azov regiment commander Denys Prokopenko and other officers appealed for the evacuation of Azov troops to Ukrainian-held territories.