Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he remains ready to swap Russian prisoners of war in exchange for safe passage for civilians and Ukrainian troops in Mariupol.
Zelensky said there are an estimated 1,000 civilians sheltering in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant.
He added that the situation in the besieged city is getting worse, with hundreds of wounded.
Earlier on, Kremlin press secretary Dmirty Peskov accused Ukraine of holding back peace negotiations. Peskov said the ball was in Kyiv’s court after Russia handed a document to Ukraine.
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Referring back to Peskov’s statement, Zelensky said that he had not seen or heard of the document in connection with peace talks.
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