Between 3,000-4,000 members of Azov neo-Nazi Battalion are TRAPPED at the Azovstal Steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
They are completely surrounded by Russian forces. Russia is also in control of the air & sea...
So, why are they not surrendering?
It is because among them are suspected to be dozens, or even hundreds of Special Forces soldiers from several Western countries.
It would be total PR disaster for their armed forces, if they are captured by Russian forces, and paraded on TV worldwide.
That is why Ukraine govt is so desperate to rescue them, something that is almost insurmountable.
NOTE: More than 3 Ukrainian military helicopters have been SHOT down in recent days by Russian forces in Mariupol, attempting to rescue the trapped Azov Battalion members.
They have even tried to sneak in a ship at night (above post)...They are that desperate to rescue the trapped fighters.
This means that fighters trapped in Azovstal Steel plant are not Ukrainian soldiers. A normal soldier would just surrender...
Russia is treating captured Ukrainian prisoners of war (PoWs) well, as per Geneva Convention.
Russia & Ukraine also exchange captured PoWs regularly.
NB: Map below was published by BBC on 20th March, 2022. It shows that Russian forces had already surrounded Mariupol city 3 weeks ago.