Mariupol evacuation corridor "will be working" Monday, says Ukraine deputy PM

Mariupol evacuation corridor "will be working" Monday, says Ukraine deputy PM
# 04 April 2022 12:55 (UTC +04:00)

A humanitarian corridor from the besieged southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol will be in operation on Monday, according to a senior Ukrainian official, despite delays and difficulties keeping the route open for evacuation, APA reports citing CNN.

"The route will be working for private transport. Fifteen evacuation buses have already left Zaporizhzhia for Mariupol," said Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukrainian deputy prime minister and minister of reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.

On Sunday, seven buses accompanied by a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross reached Manhush, Vereshchuk said. The ICRC delegation is planning on continuing the movement from Manhush to Mariupol along with the buses, she said.

If the ICRC-accompanied convoy reaches Mariupol, it would be the first case of organized evacuation by buses from the bombarded city.

"We will also continue evacuating people from Severodonetsk, Popasna, Lysychansk, Rubizhne and Nyzhnie village of Luhansk region," Vereshchuk said, referring to communities in the east of Ukraine that have seen intense fighting and have come under heavy shelling.
"The occupiers constantly violate the ceasefire and fire upon the humanitarian convoys in Luhansk region. The courageous policemen, servicemen and drivers keep assisting the local residence to evacuate under the command of the Head of Luhansk regional administration regardless."

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED