Zelensky announced the impossibility of unblocking Mariupol by military means
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he intends to resolve the situation around Mariupol through diplomacy
Ukraine does not have heavy weapons, so it is impossible to unblock Mariupol by military means, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kyiv. Since mid-April, Mariupol has been under the control of the Russian military.
“It is impossible to unblock the city of Mariupol by military means. This is not possible today. And we talked about it openly. Ukraine does not have such heavy weapons to unlock Mariupol by military means,— cites the words of Zelensky UNIAN.
He also stated that he intends to resolve the situation around Mariupol through diplomacy. According to Zelensky, with the help of diplomacy, all civilians from the Mariupol Azovstal enterprise were evacuated.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol on April 21. At the same time, the president canceled the assault on Azovstal, where, according to Shoigu, the “remnants of the nationalists” had taken refuge. Putin then explained that it is necessary to think about saving the life and health of the Russian military.
On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk stated that there were about 500 wounded soldiers and about 1,000 civilians at the plant. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky then said that Kyiv would withdraw from negotiations with Moscow if it did not allow the evacuation of people from Mariupol.
At the end of April, UN Secretary General António Guterres came to Moscow and Kyiv to discuss the evacuation of people from Mariupol, including from Azovstal. After negotiations in the office of Guterres, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to carry out the evacuation with the participation of the UN and the Red Cross. It started on May 5.
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On May 7, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk announced that Azovstal evacuated all women, children and the elderly, without specifying their number. On the same day, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the operation to evacuate civilians from the enterprise. According to the ministry, 51 people were rescued, including 11 children.
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