Mariupol authorities confirm the failure of the humanitarian evacuation corridor

The deputy mayor of the besieged city of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenkohas confirmed that the plans to evacuate part of the population this Saturday have been suspended due to the danger of new confrontations. “We were going to evacuate about 200 residents but the Russian Army approached them and ordered them to disperse because there was going to be bombing,” he explained in statements to the UNIAN agency. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Irina Verschuk, had announced this Saturday the beginning of a new attempt to evacuate the civilian population through a humanitarian corridor at noon, local time – one hour less in the Spanish peninsula – from the commercial center of Port City. However, throughout the afternoon, the pro-Russian separatist forces in Donetsk, who are participating in the siege, claimed that the operation had been suspended because of “Ukrainian nationalists”, according to the note collected by the TASS agency. Ukraine, on the other hand, has denounced a Russian attack on the Azovstal steel mill, one of the last defensive bastions of the city, which has ended up canceling the exit plans for the population. kyiv estimates that 120,000 people are still trapped in Mariupol, who have been enduring the siege practically since the beginning of the Russian invasion, on February 24.

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