Mariupol’s evacuation in progress after multiple ceasefire failures: Mayor’s adviser

According to the mayor’s adviser, the evacuation of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol is underway after several previous failures to ensure a ceasefire that enables the safe operation of the humanitarian corridor.

Petro Andruschenko, an adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol, Posted on Monday Facebook found that at 1:00 pm local time, a ceasefire was being observed along the corridor from the city to Zaporizhia.

“Help everyone! Call and write a letter to everyone you reach!” He wrote, warning that local Ukrainian authorities cannot officially guarantee the safety of the corridors. rice field.

Still, the evacuation route is working and residents can leave using their own means of transportation, he said. He said about 160 vehicles had already successfully departed Mariupol via the corridor.

The Mariupol City Council was quoted by Interfax Ukraine as saying that many evacuees have already passed Berdyans’k and continue to move in the direction of Zaporizhia.

“There is also confirmation that a ceasefire is currently being observed along the established humanitarian corridor,” the city council said in a statement. According to Interfax..

The Red Cross had previously called for an emergency ceasefire in Mariupol to prevent the “worst scenario.”

ICRC Said in a statement “The worst-case scenario awaits hundreds of thousands of civilians involved in a fierce battle in Mariupol, unless the parties urgently reach a concrete humanitarian agreement,” Sunday.

Mariupol has recently witnessed heavy bombardment in Russia, and Ukrainian officials say 2,500 people have died in the city. Ukrainian officials said last week that an attack on Mariupol’s hospital killed three people.

Aftermath of Mariupol Hospital
Aftermath of the Mariupol Hospital after the attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. This image was taken from a video provided by the Mariupol City Council. (Mariupol City Council via AP)

Andruschenko told Reuters last week that the steady barrage of Russian bombardment of Mariupol hindered prior evacuation efforts.

According to Andruschenko, the bombardment continued “without gaps and without pauses” and struck houses and buildings along the evacuation route.

“They want to completely remove our city and remove our people. They want to stop evacuation,” he added.

Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Oleksii Arrestovich, said Russia was deliberately blocking the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol because it was unable to occupy a strategically important city. Mariupol’s rule will allow Russia to connect the eastern pro-Moscow outpost with the southern Russian merger Crimea.

Russia has denied targeting private citizens or private infrastructure. Moscow calls military action in Ukraine a “special military operation” with the aim of disarming its military power and expelling political leaders from countries claiming that the Kremlin is a dangerous nationalist. And. Ukraine and its western allies call Russia’s aggression an unfounded aggression.

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