Shoigu discussed the humanitarian situation in Ukraine with his Turkish counterpart

Hulusi Akar, in particular, pointed to the “urgency” of the evacuation of civilians, primarily from Mariupol

Hulusi Akar

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar about the situation in Ukraine. This was reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense in Telegram.

“During the talks, the current situation in Ukraine, including humanitarian issues,” was discussed, — The report says.

The telephone conversation took place at the initiative of the Turkish side, the department added.

On the website of the Turkish Ministry of Defense, in turn, it is reported that Akar during the conversation emphasized the importance of an immediate cessation of fire and the establishment of peace in Ukraine and “the urgency of the evacuation of civilians, primarily from Mariupol.”

Turkey intends to continue to promote peace in the region, the ministry said.

Earlier on May 2, the Russian military reported that in two days, April 30 and May 1, from the territory of the blocked metallurgical plant “Azovstal” more than 120 people were evacuated, most of them wished to move to the territory controlled by Ukraine. The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the evacuation of about a hundred people from the enterprise, who were transported to the Zaporozhye region. The Russian Ministry of Defense, in turn, said that 80 people were evacuated.

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The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, said that Kyiv is seeking the evacuation of all those on the territory of Azovstal; to the regions under his control in order to hide the presence of Ukrainian military mercenaries.

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On April 21, Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Mariupol had been taken, and the territory of the Azovstal plant had been taken. “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. It would take about three to four days to complete the cleanup at Azovstal, he reported. However, Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant, urging them to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.”

On April 26, UN Secretary General António Guterres, during a meeting with Putin in Moscow, proposed involving civilians in the evacuation of Azovstal. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), he agreed. After that, a special team was created at the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs.

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