Zelensky says he is doing ‘everything possible’ to evacuate defenders from Mariupol


Zelensky admitted that in Mariupol the Russians also outnumber the defenders in technical resources and that only “not a very large part” of the city is controlled by Ukrainian forces.

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the ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky assured that “everything possible” is being done to evacuate the defenders of the southern city of Mariupol, besieged in the Azovstal steel mill, but admitted that the negotiations to achieve this are “complex”.

“We are doing everything possible to evacuate each of our defenders,” Zelensky declared in a virtual meeting with Ukrainian media, adding that, although there are negotiations for an evacuation of the plant, there is no confidence in the Russian negotiators, which makes things more complicated.

The Ukrainian president assured that the country’s authorities are in contact with the defenders of Mariupol, besieged at the steel plant, facing larger Russian forces.

“We are in contact with them. We talk to them every day and support them as much as possible,” Zelensky said. “They know that they are carrying out one of the most important missions of this war. The enemy is afraid of them and has increased their troops six-fold,” he added.

Zelensky admitted that in Mariupol the Russians also outnumber the defenders in technical resources and that only “a not very large part” of the city is controlled by Ukrainian forces.

“However, our guys are holding their own heroically, we are grateful to them for that. Words of thanks are definitely not enough,” he said.

The president, on the other hand, in his usual video message, said that “no one can predict how long this war will last” but that everything is being done to liberate Ukraine as soon as possible.

“To achieve this we need the help of our partners in Europe and in the world,” he stressed and criticized the countries, without naming any in particular, that block sanctions against Russia.

Zelensky said more pressure on Moscow from the international community is needed as Russia is seeking to create instability not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world.

In this context, the Ukrainian president warned that the blockade of Ukrainian ports could lead to a food crisis that affects many regions of the world.

The Ukrainian authorities consider that Russia has entered a third phase of the war – after having failed in the first aimed at conquering Ukraine in a few days and having abandoned the second, in which they tried to isolate the Ukrainian forces.

According to the adviser to the Minister of the Interior, Viktor Andrusiv, Russia’s priority now is to defend the ground they have managed to win.

“This indicates that they have decided to turn the war into a very long war. They hope that the crises caused by the war will bring the West to the negotiating table, and that the West will try to change us for something,” said the adviser to the interior minister.

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