- The Russian Defense Ministry has called on Ukrainian troops and Mariupol officials to surrender.
- Russia said it would open a humanitarian corridor if Ukrainian troops agreed to surrender, Reuters reported.
- Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine, experienced the worst artillery.
The Russian Defense Ministry has called on Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to surrender with weapons, according to reports, including Russian state media.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has swiftly stopped the request, Reuters reported.
“There is no doubt about surrendering and placing weapons,” said the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda. “We have already notified the Russian side of this.”
Brigadier General Mikhail Mizintsev, director of the Russian National Defense Management Center, requested a surrender at a defense ministry briefing, according to Reuters.
“There was a terrible humanitarian catastrophe. Everyone who lay down is guaranteed to be able to leave Mariupol safely,” Mizintsev said of Mariupol.
Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine, suffered the worst attacks in the war. Nearly 500,000 cities were bombarded and surrounded by Russian troops, and many lost food, water and electricity. He said several civilian targets in the city had been attacked by Russian troops. These include theaters that protect more than 1,000 people and art schools that protect more than 400 people.
If Ukrainian troops in Mariupol agree to surrender by 5 am Moscow time, a humanitarian corridor for citizens to leave the city will open at 10 am Moscow time, according to Reuters. Stated.
However, Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused Russia of bombarding the humanitarian corridor.
Mizintsev also said that “bandits” and “neonazis” had killed the people of Mariupol, Reuters reported, but he did not provide evidence of the allegations.
According to Russian state media RIA Novosti, “We have sued nasty bandits responsible for the lives of hundreds of innocent people and are now calling them representatives of the official municipality of this unique city of Mariupol. I will. ” CNN: “We know that you are under full control of the nationalist battalion, so you are hardly dependent on you in the current situation, but you, including the mayor, are at least something in you. I have a strong desire to leave humans behind, at least a sense of compassion for the civilians entrusted to you. “
Mizintsev also told Mariupol officials seeking surrender, “You have the right to historic choice. Are you with your people or with bandits?” RIA Novosti says.