Putin’s deal is simple but direct: he will stop the shelling of the beleaguered Ukrainian city of Mariupol only after they surrender to Russian forces.

Ukrainian citizens of the city of Mariupol run for their lives during a Russian shelling. Image credit: @ukrainenewstop/Twitter

Putin Talks with French President Macron

According to the Kremlin, the Russian strongman made this statement during an hour-long phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday night.

French officials commented that Putin entertained the idea of allowing citizens to evacuate the city in what they called a “catastrophic situation.” But, seeing that he has ordered the shelling of Kyiv once again after saying yesterday that he would ease off, Putin has proven yet again that he is not a man of his word, and I’m not holding my breath.

The French government issued an official statement regarding the situation: