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Putin tells Macron ‘nationalists’ in Mariupol must lay down arms

This combination of file photographs created on September 14, 2020, shows (left) Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Emmanuel Macron (right). (Mikhail Klimentyev and Gonzalo Fuentes/various sources/AFP)
This combination of file photographs created on September 14, 2020, shows (left) Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Emmanuel Macron (right). (Mikhail Klimentyev and Gonzalo Fuentes/various sources/AFP)

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian “nationalists” in the embattled city of Mariupol must lay down their arms as he discussed the conflict with French leader Emmanuel Macron, the Kremlin says.

“It was stressed that in order to resolve the difficult humanitarian situation in this city [Mariupol], Ukrainian nationalist militants must stop resisting and lay down their arms,” the Kremlin says in a statement.

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