Russia and Ukraine reported last week that all civilians had been evacuated from the plant. According to Kyiv, more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain at Azovstal, hundreds are wounded .jpg” alt=”Kyiv offered to exchange wounded soldiers from Azovstal for captured Russians” />
Kyiv offers Moscow to exchange seriously wounded Ukrainian soldiers who remain on the territory of the blocked Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, on Russian prisoners, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk wrote on her Telegram channel.
This is one of the options for freeing people from the plant, she explained. “At the moment, by military means, to release Azovstal” impossible. Defenders of “Azovstal” they don’t want to surrender,»,— Vereshchuk pointed out.
The Deputy Prime Minister clarified that there are no agreements with Moscow yet, negotiations are ongoing.
The day before, in an interview with AFP, Vereshchuk said that on the territory of Azovstal more than a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remain, hundreds of them wounded. “There are those who have received serious injuries and need urgent evacuation,” — she said.
In mid-April, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Russian military and the forces of the Donetsk People's Republic had taken control of Mariupol, but Azovstal remain Ukrainian soldiers. President Vladimir Putin, in response, ordered the storming of the plant to be canceled, but instructed to block the territory of the industrial zone so “so that the fly does not fly.” The Ukrainian side indicated that civilians remained there as well. At the end of the month, UN Secretary General António Guterres visited Moscow and Kyiv to discuss the evacuation of people from Mariupol, including from the plant.
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On May 7, the Russian and Ukrainian sides announced the completion of the evacuation of all civilians persons from the territory of the Azovstal plant. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the operation was carried out with the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
On May 11, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that civilians were no longer hiding at the plant and the republic’s formations had “free hands”, to continue strikes on the territory of the plant. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier warned that in the event of the death of the Ukrainian military at Azovstal Kyiv will stop negotiations with Moscow on the settlement of the conflict. In April, he said that Ukraine offered Russia several options for the evacuation of civilians and soldiers from the blockaded territory, including the exchange of the wounded and the participation of intermediaries, but Moscow refused.
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