On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron informed about their working with Turkey and Greece on a “humanitarian operation” to vacate the Ukrainian people from the Mariupol, city of Ukraine, under Russian forces’ attack.
During an EU summit in Brussels, Macron informed that France is going to work with Turkey and Greece to conduct the humanitarian operation to rescue all those who wish to leave Mariupol.
President Macron further asserted that he will conduct a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in 48 to 72 hours to discuss the details and secure the modalities.
The French leader said he hoped to “be able to involve the maximum number of stakeholders in this operation”.
He said that he wanted to be “in a position” to conduct the evacuation “in the next few days”.
Macron said French officials had spoken to the mayor of Mariupol on Friday and that the remaining 150,000 residents were caught in “dramatic circumstances”.
City officials put the city’s death toll at more than 2,000, and said Friday that a single attack on a theater where civilians had taken shelter last week was feared to have killed 300.
Russia has made the port city a major focus of its brutal assault on Ukraine as it seeks to annex the Crimean peninsula with Moscow-controlled regions in the east.
The Kremlin’s devastating attack on Mariupol has drawn parallels with the bombardments by Russian forces that flattened Chechen capital Grozny and Syria’s Aleppo.