The Russian DM sent a letter to the Ukrainian side with an ultimatum, in which it demanded that the units defending Mariupol "lay down their arms and exit through the green corridors with white flags", and together with the civilian population. This was announced by minister for the temporarily occupied territories Iryna Vereshchuk.
It was under this condition, the letter said, that civilians would be able to leave the city.
"They wrote a bunch of empty words, some kind of historical digressions. We did not agree with this. The deadline indicated in the letter expired at 05:00 on Monday (03.21. author's note)", Vereshchuk.
We remind you that on August 29, 2014, the execution of a convoy leaving Ilovaisk occurred after Russian officers promised to give it a green corridor. The Ukrainian column was leaving with a sheathed weapon when it was shot by Russian troops, and could not answer. We remember this tragedy as the Ilovaisk cauldron.