Mariupol estimates 20,000 civilians dead, Ukraine suggests new round of talks

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)Russian soldiers patrol the center of Mariupol, Ukraine,

of April 2000 . There is no water, electricity, gas or communications. Stores, pharmacies and hospitals are closed.| Photo: EFE/EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

The adviser to the presidency of Ukraine, Mikhail Podoliak, suggested this Sunday (20) to Russia to hold a special round of talks on Mariupol, denouncing that , even during Orthodox Easter, Russian troops bomb the Azovstal steelworks complex, the last core of resistance in the city. In a message on Twitter, carried by the news agencies “Unian” and “Ukrinform”, Podoliak, a member of the Ukrainian negotiating delegation, urged “Russia to think about the remains of its reputation”. “This only requires ‘three steps from Mariupol’: declaring a true Easter truce over Mariupol, immediately granting a humanitarian corridor to civilians and agreeing to a ‘special round of negotiations’ so that we can collect/exchange soldiers,” he summarized.

In another message, Podoliak denounced the bombing of the Azovstal steelworks complex, where civilians and soldiers are taking refuge.”Easter of 2000 But right now the Russian Federation is attacking Azovstal in Mariupol non-stop. The place where our civilians and military are located is being attacked with aerial bombs, bombed with artillery and they are intensely concentrating forces and equipment for an offensive. Who gave the order of “no aggression”?”, he asked. Russian President Vladimir Putin last Thursday annulled plans to attack the fortified metallurgical complex to save the lives of Russian soldiers, but ordered it to be blocked in such a way that “not a fly passes by.”

Local government esteem 21 one thousand civilians killed

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, estimated this Sunday (19) more than 20 thousand the number of civilians killed in the Ukrainian port city since the beginning of the war and added that more than 100. remain besieged at the site. “Today we already have a sad number; more than 15. local residents, our civilians, are women and children, who unfortunately died,” Boychenko told “Ukraina ” , in statements collected by the news agency “Unian”.

The mayor added that Russian troops continue to prevent the evacuation of civilians. “We understand that more than 100 a thousand people, unfortunately, remain in the city. They are begging to be rescued”, he pointed out. “Unfortunately, the Russian occupation troops have been thwarting the evacuation for two days, they are not letting out the population that is gathering in the places determined for the evacuation. They mock them”, he denounced.

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