Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his government is now preparing for the second stage of the evacuation mission from Azovstal, focusing on “the wounded and medics.”
“Of course, if everyone fulfills the agreements. Of course, if there are no lies,” Zelensky said during his evening message. “Of course, we are also working to evacuate our military. All heroes who defend Mariupol. This is extremely difficult but it is important.”
Hinting Russia is to blame for holding up the evacuation of the remaining soldiers trapped in Mariupol, Zelensky said “everyone understands the root cause of this complication,” but he added the Ukrainian people will not lose hope.
“We do not stop. Every day we are looking for a diplomatic option that can work out,” Zelensky said.
The President also thanked the International Red Cross and the United Nations for helping to carry out the first phase of the Azovstal evacuation, and said the government would try to establish humanitarian corridors for all residents of Mariupol and surrounding settlements on Sunday.