(Special Distribution)“Work has begun to evacuate civilians from Azovstale. The first group of about 100 people is already going to the control area. Tomorrow we will meet them in Saporigia. Thanks to our team! They are now working with the UN to evacuate other civilians from the plant, “said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on his official Twitter account.
“Today, for the first time in all the days of the war, this vital corridor is in operation. For the first time, there was a two-day actual ceasefire, ”he added.
With this confirmation, the twelve-hour uncertainty regarding the humanitarian route ended. It was finally opened by an agreement between Ukraine and Russia with the diplomatic mediation of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
News of Mariupolin has been waiting in Zaporizhia since 6am. A team consisting of local police, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the UN, the Red Cross and the World Health Organization, which is made up of NGO doctors from across the border, is already stationed in the city’s refugee center.
But the refugees – in principle there will be only 21 – were not allowed to leave the front line by Russian troops until they received direct instructions from the Kremlin.. Vladimir Putin was reluctant to issue the order, despite bilateral agreements with Secretary-General Guterres.
The Kremlin’s opposition came as a surprise to the UN because the rescue operation of innocent civilians at the front line was already underway. The operation was scheduled to begin yesterday and be completed without delay in Jaborjia.
This is a humanitarian operation that requires great caution to prevent leaks from damaging a roadmap that depends on the joint will of Putin and Zhelensky. One misinformation, one misinterpretation of the facts, endangers the lives of hundreds of civilians trapped in the horrors of war.
“The United Nations, in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the parties to the conflict, confirms that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant is ongoing.”Explained Saviano Abrew, spokesman for the UN Human Rights Council (OCHA).
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–The convoy of public evacuations departed on April 29, traveled about 230 kilometers and arrived at the Mariupol plant on Saturday morning local time. I can not share further details at this time as it may affect the safety of the public and the convoy. Abrew replied.
In the same way, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told the Special Envoy that it was “working closely with the United Nations and the parties to the conflict.” He concluded: “Important local authorities communicate with citizens about practical details”.
Zelensky is likely to come to the city to receive a group of civilian refugees at the mercy of Russian troops. In Zaporizhzhia, security conditions have already been strengthened pending the approval of the President of Ukraine. This is a diplomatic and humanitarian event that will strengthen Johnsky’s global image.
The head of state mentioned about 100 civilians rescued in Mariupol, but this is only a personal estimate. The UN and the Red Cross have refused to confirm the data provided by Zhelensky on his official Twitter account. In humanitarian action, they want informational warnings to be carried out in the midst of conflict and beyond enemy lines.
Hundreds of civilians are trapped in the steel plant set up by Joseph Stalin, and the President of Ukraine, the UN and the Red Cross do not know whether the humanitarian corridor will open tomorrow. “If all the necessary conditions are met, we will continue to evacuate people from Mariupol. We plan to start tomorrow at eight,” Zhelensky said. It depends on Putin.
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