'Save Mariupol': Wives of Azov soldiers

STORY: Protesters, including wives of Azov fighters, had their faces covered with red paint imitating blood and held soft toys and children’s clothing covered with red paint symbolizing the children stuck inside the plant.

Soldiers’ wives called on world leaders and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan in particular to negotiate a humanitarian corridor for civilians and military personnel to leave the city.

“We call on the world community and world leaders to become guarantors and send their representatives, who will secure a green corridor for our Ukrainian warriors and civilians to get out of Mariupol, out of the Azovstal steel plant," said Yuliia, wife of an Azov soldier.

Ukrainian officials have described the situation in Mariupol, a strategic port on the Sea of Azov, as a "humanitarian catastrophe".

On Monday (April 25), Russia announced plans to open a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the Azovstal plant, but Kyiv denied reaching any agreement on this with Russia.

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