Turkey offered to evacuate the wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal by sea to Istanbul

According to Kalyn, he discussed this proposal with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv two weeks ago and it remains relevant, although Moscow has not agreed to the initiative.

According to the plan proposed by Turkey, the military evacuated from the Azovstal plant will be delivered by land to the Berdyansk seaport, which is located in the Sea of ​​Azov. From there, the soldiers will be taken on a Turkish ship across the Black Sea to Istanbul.

“If it can be done in this way, we will be happy to do it. We are ready. Our ship is ready to deliver wounded soldiers and other civilians to Turkey,” Kalyn said.

How is the evacuation from Azovstal going?

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk May 13 reportedthat Kyiv is preparing to sign a document on the evacuation of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal in Mariupol. According to her, Turkey agreed to act as a mediator in the negotiations.

The evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant with the participation of the UN and the Red Cross began on May 5. This happened after talks between UN Secretary General António Guterres and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Representatives of the UN, as well as the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, reported on May 6 that 150 civilians had been withdrawn from Azovstal. On May 7, Kyiv reported that all women, children and the elderly had left the enterprise. An additional 51 people, including 11 children, were later reported to have been evacuated.

Irina Vereshchuk said on May 11 that Kyiv offered Moscow to exchange the Ukrainian military (according to her, about a thousand people remained on the territory of the plant) for Russian prisoners of war. But there were no agreements at that time, negotiations on this issue are ongoing, she stressed. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Kyiv is seeking the evacuation of military personnel from Azovstal in order to hide the presence of Ukrainian military mercenaries among the Ukrainians.

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