Evacuated at least 344 civilians from Mariupol


At least 344 civilians have arrived this Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia after being evacuated from the besieged port town of Mariupol and its surroundings in a new coordinated operation by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as reported by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Vereshchuk, a few hours after Russia announced a temporary ceasefire around the Azovstal steel plant , in the besieged city.

those evacuations are added to those of more than a hundred people who took place on Tuesdaymostly civilians who had taken refuge in the Azovstal steelworks.

The UN and the ICRC have been in charge in recent days of negotiate with the parties to the conflict the conditions for evacuating trapped civilians in the Mariupol area, one of the worst affected by the war in Ukraine.

Ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors

“These (civilians) are women, children and elderly people from Mariupol, Mangusha, Berdyansk, Tokmaka and Vasylívki. All of them have just arrived in Zaporizhia. Another small victory for us,” he said in a statement. “Thanks to the staff of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross! Thanks to the staff of the humanitarian column: drivers and staff of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. The Mariupol humanitarian operation continues!” he added.

“We are relieved that more lives have been saved”, said the head of the ICRC delegation in Ukraine, Pascal Hundt, who welcomed “the renewed efforts of the parties regarding safe passage operations”. “They remain crucial and urgent in light of the immense suffering of civilians,” he added.

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Azovstal has been the scene this Wednesday of new Russian attacks, however, hours beforeRussia has reported a ceasefire, to organize humanitarian corridors, which will be in force from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (local time) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, sources from the humanitarian affairs team of the Russian Defense Ministry have indicated, according to the DPA news agency.

“Today we have once again managed to give safe passage to civilians trapped in Mariupol and other areas thanks to strong cooperation between the UN and the ICRC,” he said through Twitter the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani. Many of these people have arrived only with the clothes they were wearing at the time, according to Lubrani, who has made it clear that the United Nations will support them and will try to continue these humanitarian efforts.

“We are relieved that more lives have been saved,” Pascal Hundt, the ICRC’s head of delegation in Ukraine, added in a statement. has welcomed the “renewed efforts” of the parties to the conflict to facilitate operations of this type.

An ICRC spokesman who is in the area has published through Twitter Some brief images in which several buses accompanied by off-road vehicles could be seen, supposedly part of the convoy that arrived in Zaporizhia, a city located about 200 kilometers from Mariúpol.

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Zelensky thanks Guterres for his efforts to evacuate citizens

The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, has had a telephone conversation with the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and thanked him for the efforts of the UN to carry out the evacuation of civilians at the Azovstal steelworks.

“The whole world has learned of the role of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in this matter. This has shown that international organizations can be effective,” the president stressed in a statement from the Presidency of Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine has shown his gratitude to the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross for “advance in the most difficult humanitarian crises”. Thus, Zelensky has appealed to the UN Secretary General to help in the evacuation of all the wounded from the Azovstal steel mill.

“The lives of the people who remain there are in danger and they are all important to us. We ask for your help to save them,” said the Ukrainian president.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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