Ukraine’s Zelensky Warns Against Trial of Azovstal Prisoners

ODESSA, Ukraine—The leader of a Russian-backed breakaway region in eastern Ukraine announced details of plans to put captured Ukrainian soldiers on trial in Mariupol, a move that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned would mean an end to all negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.

Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told Russian state television Monday that preparations were nearing completion for the trial of soldiers who were captured after holding out for months at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant. “At this moment we can say that material on 80 cases of Azov crimes is completely ready,” Mr. Pushilin said.

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