“Azovstal” Kiev talks about an imminent evacuation and Moscow: lay down your arms

After Ukraine announced expectations for the evacuation of people trapped inside the industrial Azovstal, the last enclave in where the Ukrainian organized resistance has holed up in Mariupol, much of which has been destroyed in following the Russian bombing, in the next few hours, the Kremlin confirmed that it did not see a topic for discussion in about these calls to negotiate.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words were clear, indicating that civilians can leave in any direction in change of the deposition of weapons and their exit by the soldiers, something that Kiev has not announced so far.

The Russian official added that in in this case the Ukrainian army will survive and medical care will be provided to all wounded and sick.

Evacuation soon?

Peskov’s words have arrived in response to the announcement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Kiev that the Ukrainian side is ready to negotiate the evacuation of those who remain inside the Azovstal plant.

Zelensky’s office announced the evacuation in the next few hours of the day.

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This announcement came as the Russian side doubted the presence of civilians inside the factory, believing that all those holed up inside are Ukrainian forces and could come out as civilians to get a safe escape after 95% of the city of Mariupol was captured, according to the Russian version.

last pocket

Interestingly, the Azovstal industrial complex, much of which was destroyed by Russian bombing, is the last enclave in which the Ukrainian organized resistance has holed up in Mariupol.

Russia announced a ceasefire a few days ago to allow civilians to leave the part they wanted. He also confirmed that he will also allow the exit of soldiers, fighters and those he describes as mercenaries, provided they lay down their weapons and declare their surrender.

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However, the Ukrainian authorities denied that there had been a ceasefire, while the two sides blamed each other and blamed each other for allegations.

It is noteworthy that the city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, since the beginning of the Russian military operation on the territory of its western neighbor, has been a strategic target for Moscow, as its control will open land corridors for the movement of forces. between eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which Moscow annexed to its territory in 2014.

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