ZYelensky: evacuation from Azovstal in Mariupol will continue on May 2 at 8:00 a.m. Civilians will continue to be withdrawn from Azovstal on the morning of May 2, the start is scheduled for eight in the morning, Zelensky said.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 participate in the evacuation
On May 1, the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol began, they will continue to be withdrawn the next day, on May 2, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his video message. It is published in Telegram.
“I hope that tomorrow all the necessary conditions will also be met to continue the removal of people from Mariupol. We plan to start at eight in the morning,” the Ukrainian president said.
Zelensky also pointed out 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 evacuation of civilians towards Zaporozhye. “A convoy of buses and ambulances left for the site on April 29 and, having covered a distance of 230 km, arrived at the Azovstal Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol on Saturday morning local time,” the organization’s website says.
Earlier in the evening, Zelensky said that the first group of civilians was evacuated from the territory of “Azovstal”, 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 silence regime was established, people were evacuated to Bezymennoye in the Donetsk People’s Republic. “Civilians evacuated by Russian servicemen from the Azovstal plant who wished to leave for areas controlled by the Kiev regime were handed over to representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the Russian ministry added.
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At the end of April, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk asked UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteris to become the initiator and guarantor of the evacuation of civilians from “Azovstal”. Kiev also called for representatives of the UN and the Red Cross to be in the humanitarian convoy.
Gutterisch offered the Russian president the mediation of the UN and the Red Cross during a personal meeting a day later, on April 26. The organization indicated that Putin agreed with this initiative. The next day, the UN told about the preparation of a special team that will coordinate the evacuation.
Mariupol has been in a war zone almost from the very beginning of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which has been carried out since February 24. 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 on the establishment of control by Russian forces over 98% of Mariupol. Russian Defense MinistryOn April 13, it reported about 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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