Russia announces opening of a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol | News

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that this Monday they will interrupt the armed actions to allow the exit of the civilians who remain in the Azovstal metallurgical complex, in the Ukrainian city of Mariúpol.

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The head of the Russian National Center for Defense Management, Colonel General Mikhail Mizntsev, announced that: “On April 25, 2022, starting at 2:00 p.m. Moscow time, the Russian Armed Forces and military units of the Donetsk People’s Republic They will cease fire and withdraw their forces to a safe distance to facilitate the departure of civilians and their transfer to a place of their choice.

Similarly, Mizntsev added that: “In the case of detention of civilians at the Azovstal plant, we demand that the authorities in kyiv order the leaders of the nationalist battalions to be released immediately.”

In this regard, the high command of the Russian armed forces emphasized the need for the Ukrainian army to raise white flags as a sign of its willingness to proceed with the evacuation.

In turn, the head of the military center reaffirmed that: “The Russian Federation publicly and officially declares that there are no obstacles for civilians to leave Azovstal, except for the decisions of the kyiv authorities themselves and the commanders of the nationalist formations of continue to maintain civilians as a human shield.”

Likewise, the Russian Colonel General pointed out that the declaration on the humanitarian corridor will be broadcast by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Vereschuk, in periods of approximately 30 minutes.

On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that Russian forces controlled the port city of Mariupol while ensuring the permanence of more than 8,000 Ukrainian army troops, as well as foreign mercenaries.

For its part, Ukraine stated on Monday that it had not reached any agreement with Russia to create a humanitarian corridor that would allow the evacuation of civilians locked up with Ukrainian fighters in the Azovstal metallurgical complex.

“He officially and publicly stated that unfortunately there is no agreement regarding a humanitarian corridor from Azovstal today,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram.

According to the Ukrainian minister, “at the moment there is no exact information on how much food and drinking water is left for the civilians who take refuge in the plant.”