Ukrainian officials say talks are taking place to evacuate 38 seriously wounded fighters from the Azovstal steelworks in the southern port city of Mariupol – the steelworks is the only part of the city not under Russian control.
Fighters inside the plant say conditions are deteriorating amid continued Russian attempts to take control of the complex and they have run out of medical supplies and cannot treat the wounded.
However, Deputy PM Iryna Vereschuk said some media reports suggesting a swap involving 500 or 600 people were wrong.
She wrote on Telegram,”I’m really asking. It’s about people’s lives. Refrain from making public comments about what you don’t know. If everything works out and we get people out, then do what you want.”