Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that it is currently impossible to unblock the city of Mariupol by military means, reports with reference to Suspilna. Meduza Portal .
“There are no such heavy weapons in Ukraine,” Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “These are not thoughts, these are the conclusions of the leaders of our army.”
According to Zelensky, only diplomatic efforts are now possible, which are undertaken by the Ukrainian authorities. It was thanks to them, he stressed, that it was possible to evacuate all civilians from the territory of the Azovstal plant.
“Regarding the army, the Russian army, the Russian army, the army leadership and the political leadership of the Russian Federation do not want to let our army go,” the Ukrainian president said, adding that several countries were involved in the negotiations. , as well as representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“Russia only changes the military if they are prisoners of war. This is the situation. This is the response of the Russian Federation. There is no other response,” he said. declared.
Earlier on May 8, soldiers from the Azov regiment who continue to defend the Azovstal plant in Mariupol said they could only “be evacuated” because they had expended “all resources on an effective defense”. . Representatives of “Azov” again stressed that they will not surrender.
As of May 8, all civilians there were evacuated from Azovstal. This, in particular, was confirmed by the Azov fighters. On the evening of May 8, a convoy of buses, which, among other things, were evacuated from Azovstal, arrived in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, the Mariupol city council reported. The fact that civilians were able to be evacuated from Azovstal, the city council said in a statement, is the credit of the Azov fighters who own the plant.