19 Apr 2022 3:57 pm
On Tuesday, Russia again proposed to the Ukrainian troops, who were surrounded in the Azov-Steel metallurgical plant, that they surrender. A humanitarian corridor was opened. All fighting is said to have stopped.
Russian forces on Tuesday reopened a humanitarian corridor for the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops and Nazi militants who voluntarily laid down their arms from the Azov Steel Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol. This was announced by the head of the Russian Defense Management Center Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev. Literally he said:
“Considering the catastrophic situation at the Azov Steel Metallurgical Plant in the city of Mariupol and guided by purely humane principles, the Russian Armed Forces opened a humanitarian corridor for the retreat of Ukrainian soldiers and Nazi fighters, who on April 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m Moscow time had voluntarily laid down their arms.”
To this end, the general said, a “total ceasefire” had been declared and all fighting had ceased. In addition, the units of the Russian armed forces and DPR forces were withdrawn to a safe distance along the entire perimeter of Azov steel.
In addition, three humanitarian convoys were deployed near Azov-Steel. Each convoy should include 30 buses and people carriers as well as ten ambulances. Mizintsev also pointed out that meeting points and emergency shelters, food and basic medical supplies have been organized on all three routes. The Russian colonel general again turned to the Ukrainian authorities:
“We again call on the official authorities in Kyiv to exercise prudence and give the fighters appropriate instructions to stop their senseless resistance and withdraw from the hotbed of resistance. However, knowing that the commanders of the Ukrainian units may In the absence of such orders and instructions from the authorities in Kyiv, we call on them to make that decision themselves and lay down their arms.”
Mikhail Mizintsev stressed that all prisoners of war are guaranteed life, full safety and qualified medical care. He further stated:
“And this time, too, the Russian side guarantees compliance with the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war. This statement was conveyed to the Ukrainian side by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.”
Earlier, the Russian army once again offered the Ukrainian units and foreign mercenaries stuck at the Azov-Steel Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol to lay down their arms by 12:00 p.m. local time. The Russian Ministry of Defense had also worked out an algorithm for the surrender: a continuous communication between the Russian and Ukrainian sides to exchange information at 1:00 p.m., a ceasefire at 1:30 p.m. Then, without exception, all Ukrainian armed units and foreign mercenaries without weapons and ammunition are to retreat. This process should last from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.