Russian President Vladimir Putin has been very clear that while civilians can leave the besieged Azovstal plant in Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, fighters should lay down their weapons.
“Which could be the subject of negotiations in this case? “Peskov added, as quoted on Thursday by the TASS news agency.
“Hit the chance”
In addition, the governor of the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, Pavlo Kirilenko, said on Thursday that Russia is preventing the evacuation of injured Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal plant because it wants to arrest them.
Kirilenko, the governor of the eastern Donetsk region, also said that Russia is also hindering efforts to organize humanitarian corridors elsewhere in Donetsk, but that Russian forces have been pushed back to his region.
“They (want) to take the opportunity to capture Mariupol’s defenders, one of the main (elements) of them . the Azov battalion,” he said. in a press conference.
He also added: “Therefore, the Russian side does not accept any evacuation measures regarding the injured (Ukrainian) troops.”
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.
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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