Zelensky meets security leaders to discuss Mariupol situation

16 April, 03:28 PM
Russian invading forces have destroyed most of the residential buildings in Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Russian invading forces have destroyed most of the residential buildings in Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the leaders of the country's security wing on April 15 to discuss the situation in Mariupol, the head of state announced in his latest address.

The meeting was attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Shaptala, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate Kyrylo Budanov, National Guard Commander Yuriy Lebid, Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, Security Service chief Ivan Bakanov, and the Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation to the talks with Russia David Arakhamia.

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"The main topic is Mariupol. Details cannot be made public at this time. But we are doing everything to save our people," Zelensky said.

This comes after, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said on April 15 that active fighting was taking place in Mariupol near the Illich plant and in the port area. The Russian occupiers are constantly deploying additional units for the assault, but so far have failed completely capture the strategic Donbas city.

Earlier, the deputy commander of the Azov regiment, who has the call sign Kalyna, said that breaking the siege of Mariupol was possible. He added that the defenders of the city are fighting and waiting for decisive action by the country's military and political leadership.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukrainian troops have resisted the enemy's overwhelming forces in Mariupol amid a humanitarian catastrophe caused by constant Russian shelling.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also said that the Russian occupiers had destroyed 95% of buildings in the port city. The actions of the Russian invaders have killed up to 22,000 Mariupol citizens, the city council estimates.

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