The Red Cross confirms an ongoing operation to evacuate civilians from the Mariupol steelworks

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Evacuees from the Azovstal steelworksREUTERSThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed this Sunday that it is participating in an evacuation operation from the Azovstal Metallurgical, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian forces and civilians in the city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian forces. “The ICRC confirms that a safe passage operation is underway coordinated with the UN and the parties to the conflict. The convoy to evacuate civilians started operating on April 29, traveled about 230 kilometers and arrived in Mariupol on Saturday morning,” the ICRC explained. However, so far No information has been released about this evacuation. because “it has not been possible to share any information until the situation allows it” because it could “seriously threaten” the security of the civilians and of the convoy itself. “The relevant local authorities are in communication with the civilians to discuss the practical details,” the ICRC explained. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski confirmed this Sunday that “the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal has begun.” “The first group, about 100 peopleis already heading towards the controlled area”, he pointed out. The Mariupol City Council had invited the civilians to gather at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday next to the Port City shopping center to their evacuation to Zaporizhia. “If you have relatives or acquaintances in Mariupol, try to get in touch with them by all possible means. Call them, send them text messages and tell them that they can go to Zaporizhia, where they will be safe,” explained the City Council through its channel on Telegram. On Saturday, the departure of the first 20 civilians evacuees from Mariupol and this Sunday Russia has confirmed 46 evacuees, but it is estimated that there are some 100,000 people still in this city, devastated after weeks of fighting and bombing.

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