The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the worst awaits the trapped residents of besieged Mariupol if Russia and Ukraine do not agree on ways to evacuate them to other cities.
“The worst-case scenario awaits hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped by heavy fighting in Mariupol unless the parties urgently reach a concrete humanitarian agreement,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday in a statement issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross. statmentciting eyewitness accounts by the “Commander of Operations in Mariupol”.
MariupolA city of more than 400,000 people located on the Sea of Azov in southern Ukraine, it has been besieged by Russian forces for two weeks. Attempts to evacuate civilians failed, and a humanitarian convoy headed to Mariupol on Sunday loaded with food and medicine He did not leave a nearby town Ukrainian officials said because of the Russian bombing.
In its statement, the ICRC described the appalling conditions in the city, with “a severe or total shortage of basic necessities such as food, water and medicine”, and “people of all ages… who are sheltering in unheated basements.”
The bodies of the dead civilians and fighters are still stuck under the rubble or dumped in the open where they fell. Life-changing injuries and chronic, debilitating conditions cannot be treated. “Human suffering is simply enormous,” the statement said.
A statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross called on Russia and Ukraine to agree to a “concrete, accurate and feasible” plan to evacuate those wishing to leave Mariupol and to deliver humanitarian aid to those who remain.
The two sides earlier announced their own ceasefire and humanitarian corridors without agreement from the other side, which led to confusion. “All those involved in the fighting should agree on the modalities and timing of the ceasefire, and the exact locations of the safe passage route, thus ensuring that the agreement is respected,” the ICRC said, adding that it was ready to act. A mediator to mediate such an agreement.
“History will look at what is happening now in Mariupol with horror if an agreement is not reached between the two sides as soon as possible,” the statement said.
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