Relatives of Ukrainian fighters besieged at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on Saturday (May 14th) called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to help rescue the wounded soldiers.
“Today we are calling on Xi Jinping, because he is Putin’s economic partner, and Putin can enter into a dialogue with him. So we ask him to have this fruitful dialogue and through the extraction procedure to take our fighters to a third country, which could be Turkey “, the wife of a Ukrainian sailor, Hanna Ivleyeva, told the press, according to Reuters.
Mariupol, which has had its worst fighting in nearly three months of war, is now in Russian hands, but hundreds of Ukrainian defenders still resist in the Azovstal steel complex, despite weeks of heavy Russian bombing.
Relatives of fighters at Azovstal plant call on Chinese President Xi Jinping after direct talks bear no fruit
Very complex talks are underway to evacuate a large number of wounded soldiers from a besieged steel plant in the strategic port in the southeastern city of Mariupol in exchange for the release of Russian prisoners of war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski said on Friday evening (May 13th). .
Russia, which initially insisted that defenders of Soviet-era bunkers under the steel to give up, said little in public about the talks.
The Russians allegedly entered the Azovstal plant, the last resistance in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov
The Russian military managed to enter the factory after a traitor, who was employed at Azovstal, allegedly provided them with plans for the plant’s underground. The 24-kilometer-long tunnels housed the last Ukrainian soldiers. The traitor would be an electrician. Information about this betrayal comes from the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine.
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