The Ukrainian military, who left weapons and ammunition, can enter the territory controlled by Kiev on the morning of April 5, – said the Russian Defense Ministry. To do this, all parties to the conflict must observe a “regime of complete silence”.
The Ukrainian military, territorial defense fighters and “foreign mercenaries” in Mariupol can leave the city on a route agreed with Kiev, subject to disarmament. This is stated in the statement of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine dated April 4, it was published in the Telegram channel of the Ministry of Defense.
The fighting must end at 6 am Moscow time on April 5, the statement said, adding that the Ukrainian military will be able to withdraw along the humanitarian corridor towards the Zaporozhye region. “All those who have laid down their arms are guaranteed their lives,” the statement said.
This decision is explained by the Russian Defense Ministry as “the most difficult humanitarian situation in some areas of Mariupol controlled by Ukrainian armed groups, as well as the fact that disparate groups of militants of nationalist groups are not subordinate to official Kiev.”
To implement the exit, the department proposed the following algorithm of actions: from 9:00 Moscow time to establish a continuous connection for data exchange; at 9:30 Moscow time to declare “complete silence”; readiness to withdraw the Russian military must confirm the raising of the red flag at the exit from Mariupol in the direction of Mangush (southwest side of the city), while the Ukrainian military will have to raise white flags on the line of contact.
The withdrawal of the Ukrainian military will continue for three hours – from 10:00 to 13:00 Moscow time, and they should have no weapons or ammunition.
“We call on the official authorities of Kyiv to show prudence, to give appropriate instructions to the militants to stop the senseless resistance and leave the city,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
In withdrawing the Ukrainian military from Mariupol, Moscow called for help from Turkey, as Ankara could influence Kyiv and the remaining commanders of armed groups in the city. However, if the commanders refuse to lay down their arms, “given the complete inadequacy of the behavior of armed groups,” the statement said, Turkey could help ensure “silence” for the withdrawal of civilians and foreign nationals.