A cautious hope for the last besieged of Mariupol | War in Ukraine

Right now I can only tell you that we are doing everything we can to make it happenhe said after a meeting in kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

I’m not going to make any other comments so as not to harm this possibility.he immediately added.

I trust and believe – like the relatives of the people who are stuck in Azovstal – that the Secretary General and we will be able to achieve a positive resultPresident Zelensky simply commented.

The Ukrainian capital was shaken by two Russian strikes, at about the same time as MM. Guterres and Zelensky gave an update on their meeting.

The UN chief’s visit to kyiv follows his visit to Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Guterres then proposed the creation of a contact group bringing together Moscow, kyiv, the Red Cross and the United Nations to find ways to evacuate civilians from Mariupol.

Two men sitting on a park bench near a large ruined building.

About 100,000 people remain to be evacuated from Mariupol, according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister.

Photo: Reuters/Alexander Ermoshenko

In a press release published after this meeting, the UN affirmed that Mr. Putin had given his agreement “in principle” to this approach.

The UN, however, made no reference to a possible evacuation of fighters entrenched in the gigantic complex of Azovstal.

Before meeting the Ukrainian head of state, Mr. Guterres had visited three towns on the outskirts of kyiv – Borodianka, Boutcha and Irpin – which suffered badly from a brief Russian occupation at the start of the conflict.

He called on Moscow on Thursday to cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into possible war crimes and called the war aabsurdity in the 21st century.

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Preparations underway

Before the meeting between MM. Zelensky and Guterres, the UN coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lurbani, had announced that an attempt to evacuate the city of Mariupol was being prepared.

I am going to Zaporizhia to prepare for the hoped-for evacuation of Mariupolshe wrote on Twitter.

Attempts organized by Ukraine to evacuate civilians from the port city have almost all failed so far. Most of those who fled did so on their own, risking their lives.

A man walks a dog down a street near charred buildings.

A man was walking his dog in one of the heavily damaged areas of Mariupol.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Alexei Alexandrov

The strategic city of Mariupol, on the Sea of ​​Azov, is almost entirely controlled by the Russian army and the pro-Russian forces of the self-declared republic of Donetsk.

The last fighters and a number of civilians are now holed up in the Azovstal complex, which has bomb shelters and an extensive network of tunnels.

In its latest daily report, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense maintained that Russian forces massively bombard factory.

Mariupol 36th Marine Brigade commander Sergei Volynsky appealed for help again on Wednesday, noting that the Azovstal compound is home to 600 wounded soldiers and hundreds of civilians.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, some 100,000 civilians are still in Mariupol, a city completely devastated by the Russian siege launched at the start of the war, on February 24.

Municipal authorities in the city, which once had more than 400,000 residents, estimate that at least 20,000 people lost their lives there, a figure that is impossible to verify.


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