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Turkey offers to help evacuate Ukrainian soldiers in Azovstal “fortress”

The above information was revealed on May 14 by Ibrahim Kalin, a top adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the proposal, the Turkish side will help evacuate civilians and soldiers Ukraine wounded at the Azovstal metallurgical plant by road to the Ukrainian port of Berdyansk, now controlled by Russian forces. Next, the evacuees continued to move to Istanbul.

“If it can be done in this way, we are very willing. In fact, our ship is ready to go to bring the wounded soldiers and other civilians to Turkey” – radio station RT of Russia quoted Erdogan’s adviser as emphasizing.

However, the Turkish presidential adviser did not explain why it was necessary to go to Berdyansk port first, because in the port city of Mariupol there is also a large port.

Mariupol is one of the hot spots in the Russia-Ukraine conflict during the past time. Moscow claims to have control of most of this strategic city and cuts off Ukraine’s access to the Sea of ​​Azov, with the exception of the Azovstal metallurgical plant area.

The Azovstal Metallurgical Plant is the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol. The bunker system under the plant has become a entrenched place for members of the Azov Battalion, since it was besieged by Russian forces in early March.

Turkey offers to help evacuate Ukrainian soldiers in the Azovstal

Russian forces still surround the Azovstal metallurgical plant. Photo: Sputnik

Russia has repeatedly called on the Ukrainian soldiers in the factory to lay down their arms and surrender, pledging to guarantee their lives. At the end of April, the Kremlin pledged that all the wounded and sick would receive medical care if they surrendered their weapons. However, Ukrainian forces here repeatedly rejected the proposal of the Russian side.

Ukraine announced last weekend that all the women, children and elderly people hiding in the Azovstal metallurgical plant had been successfully evacuated thanks to a humanitarian corridor coordinated by the United Nations and the International Red Cross. perform.

Kiev authorities also revealed that in addition to about 1,000 soldiers, there are still at least 100 civilians still hiding in the underground tunnels of the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

Russia says Ukraine has “closed” the door to peace talks on its own

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kiev side had “failed to show serious and meaningful interest” in seeking a peace prize.

The above statement was made by President Putin during talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on May 14.

“Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine have been practically suspended by Kiev. Kiev has shown no interest in a serious and meaningful dialogue aimed at ending the conflict.” – radio RT Russia quoted Putin’s statement as emphasizing.

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