Ukraine's Zelenskiy on Azovstal: We hope to save 'lives of our guys'

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a session of a parliament where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses Ukrainian lawmakers via videolink, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 3, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

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May 17 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said early on Tuesday that he hoped the lives of the servicemen defending the besieged Azovstal steel plant will be saved.

"We hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys," Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address. "There are severely wounded ones among them. They're receiving care. Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive."

The military command said that the combat mission to defend the plant has been fulfilled and the evacuation of the servicemen began. L3N2X83O6L2N2X82K7

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Reporting by Oleksand Kozhukhar in Lviv and by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Leslie Adler

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