UN Sends New Humanitarian Convoy to Mariupol

The United Nations sent another humanitarian convoy to Mariupol on Friday, following the safe passage of two convoys on Tuesday and Wednesday.

UN’s Chief António Guterres announced Friday that this week’s first two convoys successfully evacuated nearly 500 people from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol and surrounding areas.

According to Saviano Abreu, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the joint humanitarian operation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) evacuated 127 civilians on Tuesday and more than 300 to Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday.

The Mariupol City Council said it hopes to expand the humanitarian operations to evacuate tens of thousands of civilians still stranded in Mariupol.

The humanitarian operation pushed through as Russia announced a three-day ceasefire in Mariupol on Monday. 

“Units of the Russian Armed Forces and the people’s militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic opened a humanitarian corridor for the safe evacuation of civilians and ensured ceasefire,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Telegram.

The Mariupol City Council reported Friday that Russian forces still attacked a car used to evacuate civilians despite the ceasefire. “The enemy continues to violate all agreements and fail to adhere to security guarantees of civilians evacuation,” the council said.

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