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War in Ukraine: Moscow announces ceasefire in Mariupol on Thursday to evacuate civilians

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday evening the establishment of a “regime of silence”, or a local ceasefire, from 10 a.m. Thursday in the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol in order to evacuate civilians. The port city has been one of the areas most affected by bombardments since the start of the conflict.

A ceasefire in Mariupol. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday evening the establishment of a local ceasefire, from 10 a.m. Thursday, in the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol. This measure should make it possible to open a humanitarian corridor to the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye, according to the ministry.

“For this humanitarian operation to succeed, we propose to conduct it with the direct participation of representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the ministry added in a statement.

A city destroyed by bombing

Mariupol is one of the most affected cities since the beginning of the bombardments in Ukraine. Earlier in the day, a building of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was the target of Russian bombardments. “The occupants deliberately bombed an ICRC building in Mariupol,” Lyudmyla Denisova, human rights officer at the Ukrainian parliament, wrote on Telegram.

“Enemy planes and artillery shelled the building, marked with a red cross on a white background, which is equivalent to the presence of wounded, civilian or humanitarian material,” she continued, adding an image view of a building marked with a red cross on the roof. “For the moment, we have no information about the victims,” ​​she said, without specifying how many people could have been in the building at the time of the shooting. Unverifiable information, Mariupol being besieged by the Russian army since the end of February.

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