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A blocked-off bridge, presumably in Ukraine.



A Conversation with Azovstal Defender Illia Samoilenko
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Please join the Harriman Institute for an on campus, in-person conversation with Azovstal Defender Lieutenant Illia Samoilenko. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

28 year-old Ukrainian Lieutenant Illia Samoilenko was the deputy commander of the National Guards of Azov. Days before the Azovstal surrender in May, Lieutenant Samoilenko held a news conference broadcast live from a bunker beneath the steelworks. At this press conference, he described for two hours the desperate conditions that wounded soldiers faced. He also said that he and all the others saw themselves as “dead men.” Samoilenko was held in solitary confinement as a prisoner of war by the Russian Federation for 120 days before he was released in a prisoner swap last month.