Turkey expressed hope for progress in the evacuation of Mariupol “in the near future” Ankara offered assistance in the evacuation of civilians and the wounded from the city by sea. The issue is being resolved in coordination with the Russian side, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense said. ” alt=”Turkey announced hope for progress in evacuation from Mariupol” />
In Turkey “in the near future” expect progress in resolving the issue of the evacuation of residents of Mariupol. This was stated by the Minister of National Defense of the country Hulusi Akar.
“We expect and hope for positive developments in the near future,” — the minister said.
He stated that Turkey was ready to provide “ship support” for the evacuation of civilians and the wounded from Mariupol. “We continue to work in coordination with the Russian and Ukrainian authorities to deliver humanitarian aid to Ukraine, as well as to ensure the safe evacuation of citizens of other countries, especially Turkish citizens in Ukraine, to Turkey,” & mdash; Akar added.
On April 2, Turkey offered assistance in the evacuation of Mariupol by sea, Ankara also promised to allocate the ships necessary for this. As the Anadolu agency noted then, the Turkish side coordinated actions with the structures of Russia and Ukraine. In particular, the Russian military attache was invited to the Turkish Ministry of Defense and this information was brought to his attention. The initiative was also handed over to the Russian authorities and through the Turkish military attache in Moscow.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also repeatedly offered to help organize talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey. Erdogan also asked Putin to open a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol.
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On April 3, Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, said that Russian troops would assist in the evacuation of foreign citizens from Mariupol, for which a special corridor would be opened and a regime of silence guaranteed.
On April 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense offered to leave Mariupol to the Ukrainian military and “foreign mercenaries”— they can leave the city from the morning of April 5 along the route agreed with Kiev, provided that they lay down their arms. The military should leave in the direction of Zaporozhye. The decision, the ministry explained, was made in connection with “the most difficult humanitarian situation in certain areas of Mariupol controlled by Ukrainian armed forces.”
Military operations near Mariupol began shortly after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. By February 28, the DPR forces blocked the city, by March 11, the Ministry of Defense reported that the Ukrainian side had destroyed “all bridges and approaches to the city,” and nationalists had mined the main roads. A week later, the ministry reported on the fighting in the center of Mariupol.
At the end of March, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that Mariupol had been freed by 90-95% from “Bandera scumbags, Nazis and Chechen-speaking shaitans.” On April 5, Kadyrov announced that 267 Ukrainian soldiers from the 503rd Battalion of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Ukrainian Naval Forces had surrendered in Mariupol.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24, the Ministry of Defense stated
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