Charles Michelhead of the European council, asked the Russian president this Friday, Vladimir Putinthe implementation of humanitarian corridors in Mariupol and other cities of Ukrainecoinciding with Orthodox Easter, the leader announced on Twitter.
“I have pushed for immediate humanitarian access and safe passage in Mariupol and other besieged cities, even more so on the occasion of Orthodox Easter,” Michel said on his social networks after a telephone conversation with Putin.
Orthodox Easter this year will be celebrated on Sunday.
This same day, the Russian army stated in Moscow that it was ready for a truce in “the whole or in part” from the Azovstal industrial zone, the last bastion of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, to allow the evacuation of civilians.
Putin claimed on Thursday the conquest of the strategic city of Mariupol, after nearly two months of fighting, although the vast Azovstal industrial complex remains under Ukrainian control.
In Brussels, a European official pointed out that in the telephone conversation this Friday, Michel “reiterated [a Putin] the position of the European Union in a direct way“.
Thus, he reminded him that for the EU the war in Ukraine is “unacceptable”, and recalled the support of the european bloc Ukraine and its territorial integrity.
Michel asked Putin to establish direct contact with the president of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski.
In Moscow, Putin issued a statement on the situation in Mariupol, and criticized the position of European leaders to insist on a military solution to the conflict.
The Russian leader considered “irresponsible” the statements of European leaders about “the need to resolve the situation in Ukraine by military means and ignore the many Ukrainian war crimes”.
During his visit to the Ukrainian capital, KievMichel said on Wednesday that the EU would “everything possible“for the forces of that country to defeat Russia militarily.
For his part, the head of the EU diplomacyJosep Borrell, lamented in an official note that Russia does not respond to Ukraine’s efforts to seek a diplomatic solution for the evacuation of civilians.
“The world has witnessed a cruel and illegal attack on Mariupol by Russia that led to the large-scale destruction of the city, including atrocities against civilians, under the guise of ‘liberating’ the city.”he pointed.
Borrell added that residents of Mariupol “have been deported to Russia or forcibly displaced to areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government.”