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Russia declares ceasefire to let Ukrainian nationalists lay down arms at Azovstal factory

The notice calling for the surrender of Moscow was immediately sent to Kiev through Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk, and at the same time was sent to Ukrainian units in Azovstal about every 30 minutes, starting at 00:00 on April 20. .

According to the head of the National Defense Management Center Russia – Mikhail Mizintsev, “Ukrainian authorities made no attempt to rescue their servicemen”.

Fully aware of Kiev’s lack of responsibility for the risk of a sad outcome at the last flash of resistance at Mariupol, and in keeping with humanitarian principles, the Russian military continues to call for fighters of nationalist forces and foreign mercenaries stop their hostilities and lay down their arms starting at 2 p.m. on April 20 (Moscow time),” Mizintsev said.

In order to facilitate the surrender, Russia proposed to establish a line of communication between the parties starting at 1 p.m., and announced a ceasefire about 30 minutes later.

“The moment of the ceasefire will begin with Russia raising a red flag, and the Ukrainian side raising a white flag around the Azovstal plant,” Mizintsev said.

Armed groups and Ukrainian mercenaries can leave the area starting at 2pm, but are not allowed to bring any weapons or ammunition.

Since most of Mariupol is under Russian control, Ukrainian nationalists and mercenaries have retreated deep into the Azovstal smelter. This is a huge complex built by the Soviet Union on an area of ​​​​11 square kilometers.

Mizintsev affirmed that Russia is ready to guarantee the life and medical assistance of all those who agree to lay down their arms. He therefore called on the Kiev authorities to act cautiously, and ordered the forces entrenched in Azovstal to end their senseless resistance.

According to Mizintsev, Russia has demonstrated its humane treatment of prisoners of war, including a group of Ukrainian marines that have just surrendered.

“Like before, the Russian side ensures compliance with the Geneva Convention regarding the Treatment of Prisoners of War,” Mizintsev said.

According to the official, the Russian Defense Ministry is urging Kiev to put pressure on the group entrenched at the Azovstal factory to force them to cease fire and create conditions for civilians – if any – to leave the war zone.

“If the Ukrainian forces refuse to surrender, we call on the Kiev authorities to put pressure on the Ukrainian forces to cease fire, to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians (if any) from Azovstal.”

Mizintsev said that three humanitarian corridors have been established near the Azovstal plant in three directions: to the west on Shevchenko Street, to the east on Pobedy Avenue, to the north on Taganrogskaya Street. Each humanitarian convoy has up to 50 buses and cars and 15 ambulances.

According to Tass

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