Russia expels Portuguese diplomats
Russia’s defense ministry has said 1,730 fighters have surrendered from Azovstal since Monday, including a further 771 who surrendered in the last 24 hours.
The Russian defense ministry also says 80 were wounded but assured that those in need of inpatient treatment will receive assistance in medical institutions in Novoazovsk and Donetsk.
Furthermore, Russia’s foreign ministry says it has expelled five Portuguese diplomats in a retaliatory move.
It says embassy staff are now required to leave Moscow within 14 days.
This is coming after the Russian ministry kicked out a total of 85 diplomats – 34 from France, 27 from Spain and 24 from Italy – on Wednesday in response to similar moves by those countries.