Tribunnews Reporter, Fitri Wulandari
TRIBUNNEWS.COM, KIEV – Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said about 13,000 people were evacuated from several cities in Ukraine on Saturday.
The number was almost double the number that had managed to come out the previous day.
However, none of them are Mariupol citizens.
Quoted from the page Al JazeeraSunday (13/3/2022), Vereshchuk said in an online message that no one had managed to leave the besieged city of Mariupol.
He also blamed the actions of the Russian troops for being in the way.
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But Russia has previously accused Ukrainian troops of deliberately trapping its own citizens there.
Earlier on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of special military operations in Ukraine in response to a request for assistance submitted by the head of the Donbass Republic.
However, he stressed that his country has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory.
He claimed this operation was carried out only for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense also conveyed the same thing that Russian troops did not target cities in Ukraine, but only paralyzed the Ukrainian military infrastructure.
Therefore, Russia insists there is no targeted threat to the civilian population.