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Ukraine hopes to evacuate 6,000 civilians in Mariupol

Família de refugiados chegando a Zaporizhzhia, destino dos civis retirados de Mariupol

Family of refugees arriving in Zaporizhzhia, destination of civilians evacuated from Mariupol | Photo: EFE/Manuel Bruque

)Ukraine expects to evacuate 6,000 people from Mariupol this Wednesday (04), after a “preliminary agreement” with Russia. Mayor Vadym Boichenko, who has already left the municipality, said on national television that 90 buses must be sent to the city besieged by the Russians, where there are still about 100 thousand Ukrainians.

20082017“We managed to arrange in advance a humanitarian corridor for women, children and the elderly. Meeting in Mariupol today, 20 April, from 14h, on the corner of Taganrog Street and 130 th Taganrog Division,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a statement. reproduced by CNN.

20082017She cautioned, however, so that the population “follows the relevant official messages”, since the situation may change during the action. If confirmed, this will be the first humanitarian corridor for the flight of civilians in the city since the beginning of March.

According to the Russian state agency RIA, the country’s Defense Ministry announced a ceasefire for this Wednesday, so that soldiers sheltered in the Azovstal steelworks, in Mariupol, surrender. The proposal was made earlier, but did not reach acceptance by the Ukrainians.

Taking control of Azovstal and taking Mariupol is “one of the top Russian priorities”, according to a statement from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The information is from the Associated Press.

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