Civilians are no longer in Azovstal, defenders say

In an interview with Sky News, he reacted to the statements of Pavel Kyrylenek, the head of the Donetsk Regional Administration, who claimed that there were still more than a hundred civilians in the shelter.

However, according to Samojlenek, there are many wounded in the factory, which is still being fought for, who survive in drastic conditions and urgently need evacuation. The soldiers refuse to give up on Russia.

Soldiers in Azovstal receive limited medical care

Foto: Azov Regiment Press Service, Reuters

In a speech to the Maltese parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia had not agreed to any proposal to rescue Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol.

“The defenders of the city are still there, they continue to resist. We use all possible diplomatic tools to save them. However, Russia did not agree with any of the many proposed options, “he said.

They need weapons

Ukraine has asked partners for the weapons necessary to conquer Mariupol and save all the people, including the soldiers. “However, we do not have the weapons necessary to lift the blockade,” he added.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, there are over a thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Azovstal. She also said earlier that all women, children and the elderly had been evacuated from the shelter.

Ukraine has proposed evacuating the 38 most seriously injured defenders. If Moscow allows it, Kyiv promises to release a number of Russian prisoners of war.

“At the moment, very difficult negotiations are underway for the next phase of the evacuation mission – the removal of the seriously wounded, paramedics. We are talking about a large number of people, “Zelenskyj said on Friday night.

“Of course we are doing everything we can to evacuate everyone else, each of our defenders. We have already involved everyone around the world who could be the most influential intermediaries, “he added, without giving details.

Russia, which initially urged defenders to surrender, commented little on the talks.

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