Kiev discusses with Moscow the withdrawal of 38 seriously wounded soldiers from Azovstal – News

“Today, the talks concern only 38 seriously wounded soldiers. We are working step by step,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Verechtchuk told the Telegram messaging service, reversing the figure of 500-600 people reported by some media.

He said talks on “pulling seriously wounded fighters from Azovstal in return for Russians imprisoned” are “very difficult.”

Veretchuk told France-Press on Tuesday that “more than 1,000” Ukrainian soldiers, including “hundreds wounded”, were still in the massive Azovstal complex, which was besieged by Russian forces in Mariupol after all civilians were evacuated last week. The United Nations.

“There are seriously injured people who need to be evacuated urgently,” he pointed out, adding that “the situation is getting worse by the day” at this plant in Mariupol, a port city in the south-east of the country, devastated by fighting and fighting. almost entirely under Russian control.

Civilians evacuated from Azovstal, Ukrainian authorities are now working to evacuate wounded soldiers, medical personnel and military priests from the steel plant pending help from international organizations and Turkey.

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24, killing more than 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, warning that the actual number is likely to be much higher.

The military offensive led to the escape of more than 13 million people, more than 5.5 million of whom were out of the country, according to the latest UN data.

The international community generally condemned the Russian attack, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.

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