According to reports from Aydinlik, a Turkish media outlet the re-elected French President abandoned French soldiers to die, unacknowledged, in Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine because he did not want their existence and possible deaths to jeopardise his election campaign.
The Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin reported an estimated 400 foreign mercenaries trapped in Azovstal. Aydinlik reported that it was determined approximately 50 among those 400 were French officers and some were high ranking. Macron, alarmed by the emergence of the secret operation (alleged organised without a mandate) sent a “do not surrender” message to the French Officers.
In a meeting between Russian Defence Minister, Sergey Shoigu, and Russian President Vladimir Putin it was agreed that the Russian attack plan would be cancelled to spare the lives of Russian military and Ukrainian civilians trapped in the Azovstal steel plant and in the industrial zone surrounding the plant. Putin’s strategy is to force the occupants to surrender without bloodshed while ensuring total blockade of the area to flush the NATO and Ukrainian military out.
As in Syria, humanitarian corridors have been established to permit the safe exit of civilians and military who wish to surrender. As in Syria, the Azov (Nazi) battalions are shooting or executing any who attempt to surrender and exit via the corridors. Their value as human shields is too great to allow civilians or military to escape unharmed.
Aydinlik sources claim that there are also British and American military experts inside the besieged plant who were providing weapons training for the Ukrainian military for the weapons supplied by NATO member states to sustain the war against Russia.
The same sources also claimed that the two French military-insigated failed helicopter rescues were an attempt to extract the French officers and to bring them to safety. Both helicopters crashed, one in the sea and the other close to the Azovstal plant. The sources have informed Aydinlik that two of the dead were French Intelligence officers.
The sources mention that Macron attempted to negotiate a supplementary humanitarian corridor with Putin – one that would enable the trapped French officers to exit into Ukrainian territory to avoid their capture by Russian forces. The sources stated (google translate):
“French soldiers were unofficially located in Mariupol. If the French soldiers trapped in the Azovstal Iron and Steel Factory surrender, Macron must answer to the French people. The work is also against French law. For this reason, we have been informed that Macron gave definite instructions to the French officers not to surrender. They want Russia to bomb the factory and kill the French officers there. Then they will not take care of their own officers and they will cover it up. What Macron fears most; that this event came to light before the election to be held on Sunday. He is afraid of the reaction of the French people.”
French analyst, Thierry Meyssan recorded the dismissal of French General of military intelligence Eric Vidaud in an article dated 5th April:
On March 29, 2022, General Eric Vidaud, director of French military intelligence, was dismissed. No official explanation was given. It seems that in reality, General Viaud had deployed men on the direct instruction of President Macron’s private staff, in 2021 when he was commander of special operations, to supervise the Azov Banderites regiment. Immediately, five Ukrainian helicopters tried to flee Mariupol, the stronghold of the Azov regiment. Two were shot down on March 30. The survivors were taken prisoner by the Russian army. They spoke immediately. The soldiers of the Special Operations Command are placed for all logistical matters under the orders of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Thierry Burkhard, but they take their orders directly from the head of the armed forces, President Emmanuel Macron.
Relations between Presidents Macron and Putin cooled sharply.
In the Aydinlik report it is noted that Russian Ministry of Defence spox, Igor Konashenkov, stated (April 17th) that Turkish President Erdogan had requested the release of hostages in the Turkish mosque in Mariupol – this was fulfilled by the Russian special forces. Konashenkov also mentioned the foreign mercenaries at Azovstal:
“The Azovstal Metallurgical Plant facilities in the city of Mariupol were completely surrounded by Russian forces. Russian soldiers asked the Ukrainian forces there to surrender. However, we learned from the radio conversations that the Kyiv administration had ordered the Azov group to shoot down the soldiers and foreign mercenaries who laid down their arms. According to the testimony of those who surrendered, there are about 400 foreign fighters in this region, mostly from European countries. Since the beginning of the war, 6,824 foreign mercenaries from 63 countries have come to Ukraine. Foreign fighters were deployed to Ukrainian military units in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Mykolaiv and Mariupol.”