On March 2, Eduard Basurin, a representative of the People’s Militia of the DPR, announced the blockade of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. On the air of the Russia 24 TV channel, he said:
“One of the most combat-ready Ukrainian groups is surrounded in the city. Everything is going as planned. Mariupol is blocked. The troops will continue to move in the direction that will help us finally stop the shelling of residential areas of settlements not only here, but also among our neighbors in Luhansk.”
Basurin notes that within 2-3 days the further development of the situation in Mariupol will become clear. Negotiations are planned, during which the DPR will “persuade the enemy to lay down their arms, surrender or leave the city so that the civilian population does not suffer.”
Also Basurin, according to the publication “News”warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in the city due to blackouts and food shortages:
“We need to do everything so that people do not suffer, which is why we said that we were opening humanitarian corridors. If, after all, there is a normal consciousness that they will allow the civilian population to leave the city, this would make the path easier for us. If not, then, I think, negotiations, but no one canceled the special operation.”
Yesterday, Basurin announced the final stage of the encirclement of Mariupol by the DPR troops with the support of the Russian army. The deputy head of the People’s Militia Department noted that the RF Armed Forces and the People’s Militia of the DPR are organizing two humanitarian corridors for the departure of civilians from Mariupol. According to him, the city can be left until March 2.
According to him, the leadership of the DPR hopes that the Ukrainian military will be able to disarm the nationalists who are in Mariupol. With such a development of events, the lives of many thousands of civilians will be saved.
On the official website of the Mariupol City Hall yesterday, March 1, posted information:
Due to interruptions in communications and the Internet, we are not always able to post news on the official website of the Mariupol City Council. However, we will do our best to promptly inform you about all the news through our social networks – these are telegrams and facebook. But the telegram channel is a priority source of information. First and urgent news there – https://t.me/mariupolrada
Yesterday, the Greek Foreign Ministry announced change Locations and contact numbers of the Consulate General in Mariupol:
“After yesterday, for security reasons, the offices of the Consulate General in Mariupol were transferred to other premises in the city, and considering that switching landlines was difficult, those wishing to contact the Consulate General are asked to use the following phone numbers: 00380962681282, 00380982852454.”
Literally just now, after 12 noon, the publication “The country” published important information:
12.11. Important information from the Consulate General of Greece in Mariupol!
Lists of residents with their own vehicles are being compiled, for whom a “green” corridor will be organized to travel to Romania and further to Greece. The issue of organizing buses for women and children is also being worked out.
Address: st. Cathedral, 10
The evacuation of Greek citizens and consular staff from Mariupol has begun, writes the Greek edition newsbeast.gr. The evacuation of part of the employees of the Consulate General of Mariupol and citizens of Greece has begun, the Athens News Agency reports, citing diplomatic sources.