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Kyiv will leave talks with Moscow if its troops are killed in Mariupol

Kyiv will leave talks with Moscow if its troops, anchored in the large Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine, are killed by the Russian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday.

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“If our men are killed in Mariupol and if a pseudo-referendum is organized in the Kherson region, then Ukraine will withdraw from any negotiation process,” he said.

He also said he was “ready” to “exchange our troops defending Mariupol” in “any format” to get out “surrounded by people who are in a terrible situation.”

He specified that the “last contact” with soldiers anchored in the underground corridors of the huge Azovstal factory dates “an hour ago”.

“Today is one of the hardest days” since the beginning of the Russian siege of Mariupol in early March, he said.