This Sunday (03.20.2022) Russia called on Ukrainian forces to leave the city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine before noon on Monday. “If so, the organized departure from the city will take place as follows: from 10 to 12 o’clock all Ukrainian armed forces and foreign mercenaries without weapons and ammunition (can leave the city) on the agreed route with Ukraine.”
“Reduce your weapons,” the Colonel said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense. “A terrible humanitarian catastrophe has taken place in the city,” Mijintsev added. “Everyone who puts down their weapons is guaranteed a safe exit from Mariupol.” The city has been one of the deadliest bombings since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Many of its 400,000 residents are left stranded in the city with little food, water or electricity.
He said Moscow has until 5 a.m. Moscow time to respond to the humanitarian routes and weapons deposit program. Mizintsev said without providing evidence that Ukrainian “bandits”, “neo-Nazis” and nationalists were involved in “mass terrorism” and carried out a massacre in the city.
Ukraine says it is fighting for its existence, and President Volodymyr Zhelensky said on Saturday that the siege of Russia by Mariupol was “a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come.” However, Ukrainian officials agreed to send reinforcements to the city.
Mizintsev claims that Russia did not use heavy weapons against Mariupol and that his country expelled 59,304 people from the city, but that 130,000 civilians were practically being held hostage. He says 330,686 people have been expelled from Ukraine by Russia since Russian authorities launched a “military operation” called the war.
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