Russian President Putin demanded that the Azovstal factory in Mariupol not be raided and that the Ukrainian forces who laid down their weapons be treated well.
Russian President Vladimir Putin received information from Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu about the actions of the Russian army in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Noting that Mariupol is a major industrial and main transportation center in the Sea of Azov region, Shoigu argued that in 8 years, this place has become a fortified area, a shelter for radical Ukrainian nationalists.
Shoigu stated that a large number of heavy weapons were brought to Mariupol, “During the siege on March 11, the number of Ukrainian armed forces, nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries was more than 8,100. During the liberation of the city, more than 4 thousand were destroyed, 1478 captured. The remaining more than 2,000 are besieged in the industrial zone of the Azovstal Plant.” used the phrases.
Noting that a corridor has been opened every day since March 21 for the evacuation of civilians and foreigners from Mariupol, Shoigu stated that they evacuated 142,711 people from the city.
Noting that the situation in the city is calm and that the operation against the Ukrainian forces in Azovstal will be completed in 3 or 4 days, Shoigu said, “Today, Mariupol is completely under the control of the Russian army and the police of the (so-called) Donetsk People’s Republic.” said.
Putin’s order to “cancel the raid on the factory”
Russian President Putin, on the other hand, said that the military operation to be carried out on the industrial zone was not appropriate and ordered the cancellation of the raid.
Emphasizing that Russian soldiers have to think about their health and life, Putin said, “There is no need to go underground and catacombs in this industrial zone. But close this industrial area so that not even a fly can fly.” he said.
Call to “put down arms” to Ukrainian forces in Azovstal
Calling on the Ukrainian forces at the Azovstal factory to lay down their arms, Putin said, “We invite once again everyone who has not laid down their arms. The Russian side guarantees their lives and good treatment in accordance with the relevant international legal regulations. Qualified medical assistance will be provided to all injured.” said.
Putin described the takeover of Mariupol as a success.