Will the Red Cross succeed? A convoy of 54 buses en route, but prospects are bleak

A small convoy of the Red Cross left Zaporizhia today for Mariupol to finally evacuate some civilians from the besieged city by buses provided by the Ukrainian government.

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The inhabitants are leaving the devastated Mariupol on their own.

They decided on the route after receiving security assurances from both the Ukrainian and Russian sides. But these assurances do not necessarily mean that their operation will be successful, as all attempts to establish humanitarian corridors in the Mariupol area have so far proved unsuccessful. The convoy is expected to evacuate civilians with the help of buses provided by the Ukrainian government, which are expected to join them on the way to Mariupol. They want to complete the operation during the day.

Meanwhile, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol came from Mariupol Petro Andrushchenko, who said Russia was still blocking the arrival of humanitarian aid. As he explained to the Reuters news agency, they have been preventing delivery since yesterday “Even the smallest amounts of humanitarian aid,” which indicates that the humanitarian corridor announced today was not opened despite the agreement. Andriushchenko added that the situation is for people who will try to enter or leave the city, “Very dangerous.”

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The inhabitants are leaving the devastated Mariupol on their own.

The Reuters news agency also reports that tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city for weeks have only meager supplies of food and water. Ukrainian authorities said last night that the convoy 40 buses, who left for Mariupol yesterday, failed to enter the city. However, they began evacuating people from nearby Berdyansk, where they managed to break through and which is also under the control of Russian forces, which was confirmed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), according to STA. According to them, the buses were confiscated there, but some of them allegedly managed to return to Zaporozhye with some civilians who made their way there from Mariupol.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the ceasefire in Mariupol came into force at 10 am local time, with the Russian Major General Mihail Mizincev announced that residents of the city would be evacuated with the support of the ICRC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Meanwhile, they also contacted the ICRC international committee again, stating that the evacuation plan had been approved by the highest authorities in Ukraine and Russia. The convoy allegedly involved 54 buses, but their teams did not receive permission to bring humanitarian aid to the city, so they went there empty-handed. It is not yet known where the civilians will be taken in the event of a successful evacuation. More than 100,000 are expected to remain in Mariupol

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The inhabitants are leaving the devastated Mariupol on their own.


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