Kyiv has offered Moscow negotiations in view of the difficult situation of the fighters and civilians trapped in the Ukrainian steel plant in Mariupol. The Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said on Twitter on Sunday that a “special round” could be held about the exchange of military personnel. According to Russian sources, 2,500 Ukrainian fighters and foreign mercenaries are holed up in the Azovstal plant.
According to Ukrainian sources, 1,000 civilians, including many children and women, live in the bunkers built for a nuclear war.
Russia should consider the rest of its reputation and announce a real Easter ceasefire, Podoljak said in the tweet. Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and Russia celebrated Easter on Sunday – a week later than Catholics and Protestants, who follow a different calendar. Podoljak criticized that despite the Easter celebrations, the steelworks would continue to be shelled with bombs and artillery.
Storming of the industrial zone feared
Russia is pulling together units and military technology to storm the industrial zone. Podoliak recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given the order not to storm the plant. But the Russian units should seal it off so that no “flies” get out, Putin had demanded.
A humanitarian corridor is needed immediately, Podoljak demanded. The Ukrainian and Russian sides repeatedly blame each other for the fact that the corridors for civilians to flee are not being built. The deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov regiment, Svyatoslav Palamar, said in a new video message that “in Mariupol the enemy is dropping bombs over the heads of completely innocent children” while Easter is being celebrated.