To: 04/16/2022 21:34
If the Russian army “knocks out” all Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol, it could mean the end of negotiations, according to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy. Moscow already wants to have expelled all enemy forces.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has threatened Russia with ending peace talks if Ukrainian militants are killed in the port city of Mariupol. It would be a “stalemate” for both sides, as we are not negotiating over our territories or our people, Zelenskyy told the Ukrainska Pravda news site.
“No confidence in the negotiations”
However, the negotiations, started by a Russian delegation and a Ukrainian delegation shortly after the start of the war, are necessary to defend the Ukrainian state and end the fighting. The situation is very difficult,” Zelenskyy said. “To be honest, we have no confidence in the Mariupol negotiations.”
According to Zelenskyi, Russian troops behaved differently towards different Ukrainian units. “There are servicemen there who absolutely hate them, and I don’t think they let them live,” he said, referring to the ultra-nationalist Azov regiment.
conflicting parties as a source
In the current situation, the information on the course of the war, the shelling and the victims provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body.
According to a news report, the Russian Defense Ministry reported an almost complete expulsion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Mariupol. The RIA news agency quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying some fighters were still trapped at the Azovstal plant.
The Russians already want to control the port
The ministry had already announced in the middle of the week that Russian troops had taken full control of the port of Mariupol. The city was completely surrounded by Russian troops in early March. According to Russian information, the Ukrainians lost more than 4,000 servicemen in the city. Information cannot be independently verified.
Mariupol is the largest city between the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia and the pro-Russian separatist areas. With the capture of the port city, Russian troops would establish a land link between the two areas and cut Ukraine off from the Sea of Azov.