The UN explained that the team will coordinate the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant. Earlier, the authorities of Ukraine asked the UN and the Red Cross to mediate, calling on the chairman of the organization to become the guarantor of the process .jpg” alt=”The UN created a team to evacuate civilians from Mariupol” />

Azovstal plant in Mariupol

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs has created a team to evacuate the civilian population of Mariupol from the Azovstal plant, representatives of the organization discussed the preparation of the evacuation with the authorities of Russia and Ukraine, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said at a briefing. The broadcast was conducted on the UN website.

Hack explained that the team will coordinate the evacuation, the Office is still preparing it. The parties have not yet provided conditions for the start of a safe evacuation, Haq noted, and contacts with Moscow and Kyiv on this issue are still ongoing.

“We are working with the authorities of Russia and Ukraine, we are doing everything possible to move forward as soon as possible. There was some military activity. Gotta make sure it's terminated,— said the representative of the UN Secretary General (TASS quote).

UN mediation in the evacuation from Azovstal Irina Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, asked on April 25, calling on the organization's Secretary General António Guterres to become the initiator and guarantor of a humanitarian corridor for the residents of Mariupol. In Kyiv, they would like representatives of the Red Cross and the UN to be in the humanitarian convoy.

April 26, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Guterres suggested that he involve the UN in the evacuation of the Mariupol plant. The organization indicated that the Russian president, in principle, agreed with this initiative.

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On the morning of April 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor for civilians from Azovstal. “If civilians are still at the smelter,” the department said, then Kyiv should stop using them as human shields and order the military commanders at the plant to release them immediately.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mid-April warned that the death of the Ukrainian military at Azovstal will be the finale for negotiations with Moscow on the settlement of the conflict. “Our military is locked down. There is a humanitarian crisis, no food, no water, no medicines. Nevertheless, the guys are defending themselves,— he declared. Zelensky later said that the Russian side was offered several options for the evacuation of civilians and the military from the blockaded territory, among which were the exchange of prisoners and mediation. Russia, he said, refused.

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