On Friday, April 29, the Ukrainian authorities decided to evacuate civilians who are at the plant " ;Azovstal". It was decided to withdraw them together with the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported by Reuters with reference to the office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Thursday, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, following talks with UN Secretary General António Guterres, said he was ready to start negotiations on the evacuation of people from Azovstal ;.
Later, Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov said that such an initiative looks strange, since the Kremlin does not see any topics for negotiations. According to him, civilians can leave Azovstal and go in any direction. The military must lay down their arms and leave as well. Peskov added that their lives would be saved, and all the wounded and sick would be provided with medical assistance.
Currently, in the basement of the Azovstal metallurgical plant, there are up to 2.5 thousand people, including militants of Ukrainian nationalist formations, as well as servicemen of the Ukrainian army and border service. At the same time, civilians may also be there.