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A view of the Azovstal Iron and Steel Plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, on May 15, 2022. © Reuters

Moscow said an agreement had been reached to evacuate wounded Ukrainian militants from the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol, the besieged Ukrainian port city.

“On May 16, as a result of talks with representatives of the Ukrainian military blocked on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, an agreement was reached on the removal of the wounded,” the Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Monday.

Ukrainian officials did not immediately confirm or deny such a deal with Russian forces, but did signal that an evacuation operation was underway.

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar refused to give details, saying “any information” could “harm” ongoing trials.

“In order to save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison is implementing the approved decision of the military supreme command and hopes for the support of the Ukrainian people,” said Denys Prokopenko, commander of Ukraine’s Azov battalion, in a video address shared via Telegram.

“The Mariupol defenders carried out the order, despite all the difficulties, to repel the overwhelming forces of the enemy for 82 days and allow the Ukrainian army to regroup, train more personnel and receive a large number of weapons from partner countries,” continued Prokopenko away.

Scores of civilians were evacuated this month in a United Nations/Red Cross operation from Mariupol, which had a population of more than 400,000 before the war.

Earlier Monday, relatives of Ukrainian militants sheltering in underground catacombs of the Azovstal mill asked Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan for help during a meeting in Istanbul. Turkey has repeatedly offered to broker an evacuation from Mariupol and a peace deal to end Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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