Zelenskyy offers trade for trapped civilians

AP , Wednesday 20 Apr 2022

About 1,000 civilians are trapped at a steel mill in Mariupol along with Ukrainian soldiers, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a news conference with European Council President Charles Michel after their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. AP

``Behind the backs of our guys in Mariupol there are around a thousand civilians, including women and children,'' he said after talks with European Council President Charles Michel.

Zelenskyy added that Russia has stonewalled Ukraine's attempts to negotiate a safe exit for them. ``We are open to different formats of exchange of our people for Russian people, Russian military that they have left behind,`` he said.

Ukraine also has tried to get Russia to agree on a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the 120,000 people who Zelenskyy said to remain under siege in Mariupol.

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