On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated that if Russia organizes a trial for the seized Mariupol defenders, discussions would be “difficult.”
Russia has been renovating the Mariupol Chamber Philharmonic and erecting iron cages in the structure in preparation for a trial on Wednesday, which celebrates Ukraine’s independence day and six months after the war started, Ukraine’s military intelligence unit warned on Friday in a Telegram post.
“This will be the line beyond which any conversations are impossible,” Zelensky said on Monday. “If this vile show trial goes place, if our people are brought into this scenario in violation of all accords, all international rules, and if there is abuse.”
He stated, “Russia will withdraw from the negotiations. There won’t be any more discussions. Everything has been said by our state.
Zelensky noted that he discussed the issue with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and French President Emmanuel Macron, and he anticipates a response from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Everyone is aware of everything, according to Zelensky.
They are aware of what the occupiers are doing and the dangers it poses, Zelensky continued. “And they realize that Ukraine won’t stand for this. It will not put up with the torture of individuals about whom only one thing can be said: they are heroes of their country, having fought their people’s freedom from intruders on their territory.
Mariupol, a significant Ukrainian city on the Sea of Azov’s coast, was captured by Russia in May after hundreds of Ukrainian fighters left the Azovstal steel mill, where they had remained for months as the city’s last bastion of defense against impending devastation. Russian forces detained many of the fighters.
In recent months, fighting had mainly been concentrated in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
However, as the conflict enters its seventh month, Ukrainian forces are attempting to drive Russian soldiers out of territories in the country’s south that they have taken control of. These districts are only to the north of Crimea, which Russia invaded and started to govern in 2014.
The second recent alleged Ukrainian strike on the peninsula occurred last week when a Russian ammunition store burst in Crimea. The administration of Zelensky has not officially accepted blame.
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