US, Russian chiefs of staff discuss Ukraine in rare phone call


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US, Russian chiefs of staff discuss Ukraine in rare phone call
Evacuations of Ukrainian troops from Mariupol continue • Russia's siege of Mariupol reaching end, Ukrainian troops leave Azovstal
Published: MAY 19, 2022

Russia's Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley held a phone call, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Russian defense ministry. They discussed issues of "mutual interest," including Ukraine, RIA said. The call took place six days after a phone conversation between the defense ministers of the two countries, their first since Russia launched what it calls its special military operation in Ukraine.

Russia's siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol stuttered towards its end on Thursday, with hundreds of fighters still holed up in the catacombs of the Azovstal steelworks and some 1,700 who have already surrendered and face an uncertain fate. A full abandonment of the bunkers and tunnels of the bombed-out plant would end the most destructive siege of a war that began when President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.