War in Ukraine: UN confirms continued civilian withdrawal in Mariupol

“The UN confirms that an evacuation operation is underway at the Azovstal steel plant in coordination with the ICRC and the parties to the conflict,” Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told AFP. , without further information for safety reasons.

According to the official Russian agencies TASS and RIA Novost, another 40 civilians were evacuated from the fortress of the Azovstal factory today.

Civilians – 18 men, 14 women and eight children – were evacuated and transported by three buses to a camp in the town of Bezimenne, and a humanitarian convoy later headed for Novoazovsky.

The humanitarian corridor is the responsibility of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was co-organized with the Ukrainian and Russian authorities.

Russia’s defense ministry said on Saturday that nearly half a hundred civilians had been evacuated from the Azovstal factory fortress.

According to the Russian ministry, on Saturday afternoon, 25 civilians left the site and early in the evening another group of 21 people abandoned the metallurgical unit for transport to the town of Bezimenoye, east of Mariupol, in between. port city and Russian border.

The Azovstal plant has about 1,000 civilian refugees and about 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers who continue to resist Russian bombing, and there are still about 500 wounded among the refugees.

Russia has given the city of Mariupol “liberated” and has begun sending troops from Mariupol to the Donbass region in the eastern part of the country, according to information provided by the General Staff of Ukraine and also confirmed by the Pentagon.

The Russian president ruled that the factory should not be attacked, but said the siege of the premises should be strict enough so that “the fly cannot get out.”

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24, killing some 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, warning that the actual number is likely to be much higher.

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