Ukraine Says Russia Is Holding Aide Workers Captive

Ukraine Says Russia Is Holding Aide Workers Captive

( – On March 22, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Ukraine to update citizens on what he asserts is happening in the embattled city of Mariupol. He claimed Russian troops have continuously stopped humanitarian convoys traveling to the area. Zelenskyy went on to say people there are without basic necessities, but all attempts to help have been halted by the continued shelling.

The president of Ukraine contends that Ukrainian forces have helped 7,026 people to escape Mariupol. Despite this, he said, there are almost 100,000 remaining and stuck within the city. However, just a few weeks ago, one resident claimed it was “Ukrainian fascists” who wouldn’t let them leave.

Zelenskyy insists that the Kremlin forces are stopping attempts to establish a humanitarian corridor in the embattled area, using violence and terror to keep aid workers out.

Reports from within the Ukrainian government also accused Russian troops of holding 11 bus drivers and 4 rescue workers captive as part of the Mariupol campaign. However, Zelenskyy declared, despite the setbacks, he will not stop trying to get humanitarian aid to the people in the city.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stated Putin’s intentions in the regions are to make it a neutral country and remove its military potential. He said the plan remains on track and is following pre-established objectives for the Russian military operation.

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