Russia asks Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to surrender

Russian Army tanks near the city of Mariupol as part of the invasion of Ukraine

Russian Army tanks near the city of Mariupol as part of the invasion of Ukraine – Maximilian Clarke/SOPA Images vi / DPA

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The Russian Army has asked this Sunday the Ukrainian troops in the besieged city of Mariúpol to surrender and lay down their arms from 6:00 a.m. in Moscow (5:00 a.m. in Spain), assuring that in this way they will be forgiven the lifetime.

“The Russian Armed Forces offer the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries blockaded in Mariupol to end hostilities and lay down their arms from 06:00 Moscow time on Sunday, April 17, their lives will be spared. “, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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Instead, the Ukrainian forces that do not lay down their arms “will test their fate”, as the Russian Defense has assured in the statement, urging the Ukrainian military to take “the only correct decision to cease hostilities”, wherever their “handlers” force them to fight “for the ideas of Nazism”.

For the “practical implementation” of the surrender of the Ukrainian troops, the Russian Armed Forces have proposed to establish a channel of continuous communication between both parties from 5:00 a.m. in Moscow (4:00 a.m. in Spain), to declare half an hour later a ceasefire, guaranteeing in any case a “strict observation”.

“The actual start of the ceasefire at 06:00 (Moscow time) is indicated by the raising of flags by both sides: red on the Russian side and white on the Ukrainian side around the entire perimeter. In addition, the The fact that the parties are ready to enter the ceasefire must have been confirmed through all communication channels,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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After confirmation of the disposition in the previously established communication channels, from 6 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, all Ukrainian units could withdraw from the area “without weapons or ammunition”, according to the Russian Defense.

The reason for this offer of a ceasefire, as explained in the letter by the head of Russia’s National Defense, Mikhail Mizintsev, is due to the fact that Russian troops had intercepted the content of Ukrainian radio communications, which would be in a “desperate situation, practically without food or water.”

According to Russian information, all remaining Ukrainian fighters in the city have taken refuge inside its steel foundry, known as the Azovstal Steelworks.

The head of National Defense has assured that he will comply with “all the norms” of the Geneva Convention for the treatment of prisoners of war if the Ukrainian military lay down their arms.

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