Thousands of people were evacuated from the Mariupol region –

According to the latest estimates, more than 100,000 people are still stranded in the coastal city of Mariupol. Some were scheduled to be evacuated this morning, but the situation is unclear and the information is decreasing little by little.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire Friday morning in Mariupol to allow the opening of a humanitarian corridor in the direction of Zaporizhia to the north. But the situation on the ground is tense.

A strip of buildings completely destroyed in Mariupol. [Alexander Ermochenko – Reuters]

The ICRC explains to RTS that it has a team – three cars and nine staff – currently heading to Mariupol from Zaporozhye for this evacuation that promises to be very complex.

“Not all the details have been settled to make sure this happens safely,” explains the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is still hoping for an evacuation on Friday.

When the situation permits, the ICRC, acting as a neutral intermediary, will direct the convoy from Mariupol to another city in Ukraine. According to the latest information received from the International Committee of the Red Cross; There will likely be 54 civilian evacuation buses, and possibly several civilian vehicles.

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Tens of thousands of civilians are still waiting to be evacuated from Mariupol / Lu 12:30 / min. / Yesterday at 12:36

Two weeks ago, the ICRC warned: in the absence of a concrete humanitarian agreement, we can expect a disaster scenario in Mariupol. According to the foundation, the population is facing an acute or even total shortage of basic necessities: food, water and medicine.

ICRC President Peter Maurer was recently in Ukraine. “The suffering of the people of Mariupol should not become the future of Ukraine,” he said.

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