Russia invited the Ukrainian military and mercenaries on Tuesday, April 5, to leave Mariupol and lay down their arms, which was announced on Monday, April 4, by the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev.
“The Russian Federation, exclusively for humanitarian purposes, and also at the request of the Turkish side, from 06:00 on April 5, 2022, reopens humanitarian corridors to rescue foreign citizens and civilians from Mariupol, and is also ready to ensure the entry of ships involved in the evacuation to the port of Berdyansk and exit from it in compliance with the norms of international maritime law,” he said.
Mizintsev also spoke about the difficult humanitarian situation in a number of areas of Mariupol controlled by Ukrainian armed forces, in connection with which representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), territorial defense battalions and foreign mercenaries are invited to lay down their arms and leave in the direction of Zaporozhye.
“The Russian Armed Forces, proceeding from purely humane principles, in order to save civilians, offer units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, territorial defense battalions and foreign mercenaries from 06:00 (Moscow time) on April 5, 2022 to stop hostilities, lay down their arms and leave along the route agreed with the Ukrainian side in the Zaporozhye direction to the territories controlled by Kiev,” said the Colonel-General.
Earlier that day, residents of Mariupol said the city was on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe as people were running out of food and water. According to ambulance doctor Henrietta Temir, the humanitarian situation in Mariupol is critical. The city lacks vital medicines and basic necessities.
On April 4, the Russian Defense Ministry announced an increase in humanitarian aid to the population of Ukraine. The Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine, created in the Ministry of Defense, regularly transmits documents with objective information on the humanitarian situation in the country to UN staff.
On April 2, the Russian military for the first time delivered humanitarian aid to residents of the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region and its environs. The total volume of the cargo amounted to more than 45 tons. The population was given essential items and food packages, including baby food and vital medicines.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population in the Donbass. Moscow explained that the tasks of the special operation included demilitarization and denazification, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.