Ukraine War: Ukraine Sends Buses To Mariupol For Rescue Effort
According to the BBC, new efforts are underway to rescue residents trapped by Russian soldiers in Mariupol, Ukraine. Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, said 45 Ukrainian buses were on their way to the beleaguered southern city.
She stated that Russia had agreed to open a humanitarian corridor to Mariupol, as confirmed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). After weeks of shelling, tens of thousands of residents remain in the area.
The UN refugee agency and the Red Cross will assist in the evacuation of civilians, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. local time, according to the Russian defence ministry (08:00 BST).
A truce would allow people to move west to Zaporizhzhia via the Russian-controlled port of Berdyansk, according to the statement. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said its teams were ready to assist in the evacuation of residents from Mariupol beginning Friday, but only if all sides agreed on the circumstances.
“It is critical that this procedure take happen. The lives of tens of thousands of Mariupol residents are at stake, according to the spokeswoman. People who have managed to flee the beleaguered port city in recent weeks have spoken to the BBC. They all reported a city in ruins, with entire neighbourhoods levelled.
“As we tried to get out, we needed to traverse the city centre,” Diana Yalovets, a 23-year-old student, said. It was terrifying to see the streets and buildings that had been demolished. “My school was completely demolished.” It hurts to see your once-beautiful city in such a state. “Mariupol was a safe place to live.”
We enjoyed going on walks by the water. There was a park, which was a wonderful area to just sit and speak. I still can’t believe we’ve lost everything.” Despite the fact that some residents have managed to flee, all prior attempts to reach a ceasefire in Mariupol have failed due to charges of bad faith on both sides.
Thousands of residents have also been accused of being forcibly relocated to Russia or Russian-controlled territories. If Russia takes control of the city, it will gain control of the Azov Sea shoreline between Russia and Crimea.
The truce was announced during a phone chat between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday. Mr. Putin stated throughout the call that the shelling of Mariupol would continue until Ukrainian troops surrendered. Stay tuned for more fascinating updates.
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