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Ukraine ‘ready’ for talks with Russia on Mariupol plant evacuation: Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday his country was ready for talks with Russia on the evacuation of people blockaded at the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged port city of Mariupol, after his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Kyiv.

“It’s very important that Mr. Guterres raised the issue of evacuation of our people from Mariupol, in particular, from the Azovstal plant. We see that despite the Russian president’s words about the alleged end of the combat actions in Mariupol, the Azovstal territory is being bombed barbarously by the Russian army. These bombardments took place even during the meeting of the secretary-general in Moscow,” Zelenskyy said at a joint news conference with Guterres.

He added: “Ukraine is ready for immediate negotiations on the evacuation of people from Azovstal, as well as to ensure the implementation of any agreements reached. We also hope that there will be a humane attitude towards these people on the part of Russia. We expect that this part of the secretary-general’s mission will be effective. We are ready to support these efforts.”


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