Among the Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russian forces at the Azovstal plant in Maruipol are 78 women, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, was quoted as saying by the Russian television show Solovyov Live.

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He added that according to preliminary information, there are foreigners among the captured soldiers, but declined to specify how many.

They had enough food and water, as well as ammunition.

Their problem was the lack of drugs, Pushilin said.

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