Zelensky’s adviser: Moscow refused to open humanitarian corridors in Mariupol

The situation of civilians in the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine has been frozen for weeks after several failed attempts to evacuate thousands of stranded people. in particularly in the Azovstal steel plant, besieged by Russian forces.

Today, Saturday, the advisor to the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president, Mikhailo Podolyak, accused the Russian side of rejecting all proposals to open a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol, according to the Ukrainian news agency.

“We are constantly appealing to world leaders to help us persuade the Russian side of the need to open a humanitarian corridor,” he said.

“No response from Russia”

He also added that some political leaders communicate with Russian President Vladimir Putin through their personal channels, urging him to do so for humanitarian reasons, but added: “But unfortunately there is no response from the Russian side.”

On the other hand, Denis Pushilin, president of the pro-Moscow separatist “Republic of Donetsk”, in today’s statements to Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath accused the Ukrainian fighters inside the Azovstal of having given refuge to civilians and to prevent its exit.

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Azovstal the last of the castles

Interestingly, the vast Azovstal complex, much of which was destroyed by Russian bombing, is the last enclave in which the Ukrainian organized resistance has holed up in Mariupol, where it is estimated to host about 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 1,000 civilians in bunker under the destroyed building.

A few days ago, Russia announced a ceasefire to allow civilians to leave any part they wanted. He also confirmed that he would 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.

Interestingly, the city of Mariupol overlooking the Sea of ​​Azov has formed since the beginning of the Russian military operation on the lands of its western neighbor on February 24, a strategic target for Moscow, as its control will open a land corridor for the movement of Russian forces between eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which Moscow annexed to its territory in 2014

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