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The 58th day of the war in Ukraine: Putin accused Kiev of not allowing soldiers in Mariupol to surrender

President Putin accused Ukrainian authorities of not allowing troops in Mariupol to surrender, saying Russia would save their lives if they lay down their arms.

“All Ukrainian army soldiers, members of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries who lay down their arms were spared their lives, were treated in accordance with international law and received medical care. quality”, President of Russia Vladimir Putin on April 22 to the President of the European Council Charles Michel. “However, the Kiev authorities did not allow them to use this opportunity.”

In a phone call with Michel, President Putin said that “many war crimes committed by the armed forces” Ukraine omitted”.

Putin also urged the European Union (EU) to put pressure on Ukraine’s military to stop large-scale attacks on residential areas in the east of the country, as well as acts of “gross violations of the law”. international humanitarian”.

Ukraine has not yet commented on the President’s statement Russia.





Smoke rises from the Azovstal iron and steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 14.  Photo: RIA Novosti.

Smoke rises from the Azovstal iron and steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 14. Image: RIA Novosti.

On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it would humanitarian ceasefire and opened evacuation corridors for people at the Azovstal iron and steel plant, south of the city Mariupolif Ukrainian soldiers raise a white flag around the premises of the facility or in certain areas.

The Russian side insists that its forces and the armed units of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) “will immediately stop all hostile acts and open safe passage for humanitarian convoys”. Ukraine has not commented on this information.

British Ministry of Defense identify Russia did not send troops to attack the Azovstal factory, but instead surrounded it, to preserve its forces to carry out other missions in eastern Ukraine.

The Azovstal iron and steel factory on the outskirts of Mariupol has a network of underground tunnels, which is likened to “underground fortress“, is the last defensive stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia intends to hold a meeting fake referendum in the city Kherson. Zelensky urged people in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces to be “extremely cautious” about information provided to Russian forces, saying Moscow would use it to fabricate a referendum.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the country’s military launched Kalibr cruise missiles “to destroy an enemy battalion with full numbers, weapons and equipment at the Meliorativnoye train station in the province of Meliorativnoye.” Dnipropetrovsk“.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the Russian air force fired many missiles that destroyed a Ukrainian S-300 long-range air defense complex in the southern region. Novoselkaclose to the Ukraine – Moldova border.





The direction of Russian penetration in eastern Ukraine.  Click to see details.

The direction of Russian penetration in eastern Ukraine. Click to see details.

Major General Rustam Minnekaev, acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District, said Russian forces wanted to open a land corridor from southern Ukraine to the breakaway Transnistria region in Moldova.

General Minnekaev said that the ethnic Russian community in Transnistria “is being suppressed”. Moldova’s Foreign Ministry then summoned Russian ambassador Oleg Vasnetsov and expressed deep concern about the statement.

The Kremlin announced that President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Russia on April 26, but has not announced more details.

Secretary-General Guterres has requested to meet the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, in an effort to promote dialogue to end hostilities, a UN spokesman said on April 20.

President Putin did not accept phone calls or any other form of communication after Guterres declared Russia’s military operation in Ukraine “in violation of the UN charter”.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that nearly 5.1 million Ukrainians have been displaced abroad since the outbreak of hostilities. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports about 218,000 third-country nationals, mostly students and migrant workers, leaving Ukraine for neighboring countries.

Nguyen Tien (According to RIA Novosti, AFP, CNN)

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