The Ministry of Defense offered the “national battalions” and foreign mercenaries from 12:00 Moscow time to stop any hostilities and lay down their arms. The proposal was made after the DPR announced the start of the assault on the Azovstal plant in Mariupol
The Russian Ministry of Defense once again offered the “national battalions and foreign mercenaries” at Azovstal from 12:00 Moscow time to stop hostilities, lay down their arms and surrender. This was stated by the head of the National Center for Defense Control of Russia, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev.
“Given the catastrophic situation that has developed at the Azovstal metallurgical plant, and also guided by purely humane principles, the Russian Armed Forces once again offer militants of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries from 12:00 Moscow time on April 19, 2022 to stop any hostilities and lay down weapon»,— he said.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
The Ministry of Defense promised to comply with all the norms of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, as has already happened with the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who, according to the department, had previously surrendered in Mariupol.
Mizintsev specified that the Russian side was proposing to 13:00 Moscow time to establish a connection for data exchange, from 13:30 Moscow time to declare a silence mode and from 14:00 to 16:00 Moscow time an exit from Azovstal should be made. without exception, all Ukrainian armed units and foreign mercenaries without any weapons and ammunition.
On the morning of April 19, a representative of the People's Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, said that special groups began to storm the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol.
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On April 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the armed forces had suggested to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense battalions and foreign mercenaries “to lay down their arms and go along the route agreed with the Ukrainian side in the Zaporozhye direction to the territories controlled by Kiev” ;. The department claims that proposals to organize humanitarian corridors and withdraw the Ukrainian military from Mariupol were refused. After that, the ministry reported that more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered in Mariupol.
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