Zelensky announced the continuation of the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal
Zelensky: evacuation from Azovstal in Mariupol will continue on May 2 at 8:00 Civilians will continue to be evacuated from Azovstal on the morning of May 2, the start is scheduled for eight in the morning, Zelensky said. Earlier, he reported about a hundred civilians evacuated from the plant. Red Cross employees are participating in the evacuation. civilians from “Azovstal” />
On May 1, the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal metallurgical plant began. in Mariupol, they will continue to be withdrawn the next day, May 2, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his video message. It was published on Telegram.
“I hope that tomorrow all the necessary conditions will also be met in order to continue the removal of people from Mariupol. We plan to start at eight in the morning, & mdash; said the Ukrainian president.
Zelensky also indicated that the organization of humanitarian corridors has become one of the elements of the negotiation process. “[The negotiation process] continues. It is very complex, and yet,»,— he noted. According to him, the Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 350 thousand people from the combat zone.
The Red Cross reported on the participation of its employees and the UN in the process of evacuating civilians towards Zaporozhye. “A convoy of buses and ambulances left for the place on April 29 and, having covered a distance of 230 km, on Saturday morning, local time, arrived at the Azovstal metallurgical plant. in Mariupol»,— says on the organization's website.
Earlier in the evening, Zelensky said that from the territory of Azovstal managed to evacuate the first group of civilians, it included about a hundred people, they were taken to Zaporozhye.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced the evacuation of 80 civilians from the Mariupol plant “thanks to the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” For the evacuation process, a humanitarian corridor was organized and a regime of silence was established, people were evacuated to Bezymennoye in the Donetsk People's Republic. “Evacuated by Russian servicemen from the Azovstal plant” civilians who wished to leave for the areas controlled by the Kyiv regime were handed over to representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross,— added in the Russian ministry.
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At the end of April, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk asked UN Secretary General António Guterres to become the initiator and guarantor of the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal. In Kyiv, they also called for representatives of the UN and the Red Cross to be in the humanitarian convoy.
Guterres proposed the mediation of the UN and the Red Cross to the Russian president during a personal meeting a day later, on April 26. The organization indicated that Putin agreed with this initiative. The next day, the UN spoke about the preparation of a special team that will coordinate the evacuation.
Mariupol has been in the combat zone almost from the very beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since February 24th. At the end of March, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the beginning of the assault on the city; by mid-April, he reported that Russian forces had established control over 98% of Mariupol. On April 13, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the encirclement of the remaining military from the “units of the Ukrainian troops and the Nazis.” About a week later, on April 21, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin about the capture of the city.
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