Russia has rejected demands to negotiate a corridor for everyone trapped in the steelworks. “President (Vladimir Putin) has said it very clearly: the civilians can go in any direction, the military have to come out and lay down their arms,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the state news agency TASS on Thursday. They are guaranteed life and medical care. But nothing more.
Moscow does not want to grant them a free withdrawal. There is no topic for negotiations, emphasized Peskow. Earlier, after talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv was ready for immediate negotiations on a humanitarian corridor from the Azovstal steelworks.