Ukraine told troops besieged by Russian forces in Mariupol that help was on its way, while making no actual attempts to end the blockade of the city, the commander of the country’s 36th Naval Infantry Brigade has told RT.
On 4 April, 267 soldiers and officers of the 503rd Independent Battalion of the Ukrainian Navy surrendered in Mariupol. This was the entire surviving personnel of the unit.
The battalion was assigned to the 36th Independent Marines Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy.
The unit lost more than 50% of its personnel killed and wounded in the fighting for Mariupol.