Kyiv announced Ankara’s consent to participate in negotiations on Azovstal

Ukraine announced Turkey's consent to participate in the negotiations on Azovstal Kyiv wants to sign a document that will spell out the procedure for the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said

View of the Azovstal plant

Turkey agreed to mediate in negotiations on the evacuation of forces controlled by Kyiv with Azovstal in Mariupol, said the Deputy Prime Minister— Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Irina Vereshchuk. Her words are quoted on Facebook (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned) by the Ukrainian Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

She clarified that today a meeting will be held in Russia with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to agree on the first stage of the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from the plant. It will include withdrawal from Azovstal seriously wounded. Vereshchuk added that Kyiv wants to sign a separate document on how exactly the evacuation will take place.

She claims that not only fighters of the Azov national battalion are now on the territory of the plant; (recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), but also soldiers and officers of the SBU, the national police and border guards.

May 5 at the Mariupol enterprise “Azovstal” The operation of the UN and the Red Cross to evacuate civilians began. This became possible after the talks between the head of the UN, António Guterres, and the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, at the end of April.

On May 6, the UN and the Donetsk People's Republic reported that during the first day of the operation with Azovstal 150 civilians were taken out. On May 7, Kyiv reported that all women, children and the elderly had left the enterprise. Later that day, the Ministry of Defense was told about the rescue of 51 people, including 11 children.

On May 10, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told AFP that about a thousand Ukrainian soldiers remained at the plant, including “hundreds” ; the wounded. On May 11, she stated that Kyiv offered Moscow to exchange them for Russian prisoners. There are no agreements, negotiations on this issue are ongoing, she stressed.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia stated that Kyiv was seeking the evacuation of military personnel from Azovstal in order to hide the presence of Ukrainian military mercenaries among them. According to Sergey Lavrov, the head of the department, there are “characters at the enterprise who will confirm the presence of both mercenaries, and perhaps active officers of the Western armies on the side of the Ukrainian radicals.”

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