Over 300 evacuees from the Mariupol area

“Today, we once again succeeded in creating safe avenues for civilians trapped in Mariupol and other areas,” Osnat Lubrani, the UN’s humanitarian chief in Ukraine, wrote on Twitter.

“Many brought only the clothes they were wearing,” she adds.

In addition to Mariupol, the evacuees must have fled the towns of Manhusj, Berdyansk, Tokmak and Vasylivka. However, it is unclear whether civilians from the shattered Azovstal steelworks were among those who could be taken to safety on Wednesday. Lubrani does not mention anything about them in his statement.

The Red Cross writes that the organization is “relieved that further lives have been saved” and calls for renewed efforts to bring about more evacuations from the region “in light of the enormous suffering of the civilian population.”

Zelensky grateful

A total of 344 civilians were evacuated from the area on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said in his daily video update on Wednesday night and expressed gratitude.

“I am grateful to all those who make the evacuations successful,” he said.

– We negotiate and hope to continue to save people from Azovstal, from Mariupol. There are still civilians – women and children – there. We need a continued ceasefire to save them.

Russia promises ceasefire

Earlier this week, about 150 civilians were able to be brought to safety from Mariupol, of which around 100 from the steelworks, which has been under massive Russian shelling recently. But there are still about 30 children left in the steelworks, according to the Ukrainian authorities,

After a day of intense attacks, Russia announced on Wednesday night that the country’s forces at the steelworks will lay down their weapons between 08 and 18 the next three days to allow civilians to leave the facility and allow them to travel to both Russian-controlled and Ukrainian-controlled areas via evacuation corridors. according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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