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Russia urges Ukrainian soldiers to lay down arms so they can leave Azovstal industrial complex

AA / Moscow

The Russian presidency (the Kremlin) demanded on Friday that Ukrainian soldiers at the Azovstal industrial complex lay down their arms, to allow them to leave the besieged factory in the eastern city of Mariupol. Ukraine.

This is apparent from a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in the capital Moscow in response to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk’s proposal to sign a document guaranteeing the evacuation of Ukrainian soldiers of the Azovstal industrial complex.

Peskov said the Russian military is following President Vladimir Putin’s directives regarding evacuation operations from Azovstal.

“Putin said that all civilians could leave the factory to any destination they wanted, and that was enforced,” he added.

Regarding the evacuation of Ukrainian soldiers from the factory, Peskov said: “Soldiers can also leave the factory provided that they lay down their weapons and they will be treated accordingly, while the injured will receive the necessary medical treatment.” .

On May 7, women, children and the elderly were evacuated from the Azovstal industrial complex, besieged by Russian forces, in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

On February 24, Russia started a war in Ukraine, which sparked strong international reactions and the imposition of “severe” economic and financial sanctions against Moscow. To end the war, Russia demands that Ukraine renounce all hints of joining military entities and maintain total neutrality, which kyiv considers an “interference in its sovereignty”.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.

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