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Seven humanitarian corridors were opened in Mariupol, Ukraine on Tuesday to evacuate some of the city’s 130,000 remaining residents, many of whom are living without food, water or shelter amid Russian military attacks, a senior Ukrainian official said.
The seven corridors will allow residents to be transported to Zaporizhia (about 220 km northwest of Mariupol), Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Telegram.
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“Despite the promises of its leaders, the occupying forces do not allow anyone to travel to Mariupol,” she said in the post.
⚡️More than 3,000 people evacuated on April 4.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said 3,376 people, mostly from Mariupol, Berdyansk and Zaporizhia region, have been safely evacuated.
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“The [Russian] the occupiers blocked the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Manhush,” she added, noting that additional evacuation routes have been planned for Manhush, via a bus to the port city of Berdyansk , which will then travel to Zaporizhia.
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The Deputy Prime Minister’s message included a road transport evacuation route planned for the port city of Berdyansk, to Zaporizhia, and an evacuation route to Vaslyivka.
“Additionally, 15 buses are currently waiting to pass Vasylivka checkpoint to evacuate people from Berdyansk,” she added.
In a previous statement, Vereshchuk encouraged the world to help convince Russia to release captured Ukrainians.
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“We ask everyone on whom this depends to do everything possible to ensure that our civilians, our mayors, our clerics, our journalists, our activists are released,” she said.
On Saturday, more than 3,300 people safely evacuated Mariupol, Berdyansk and Zaporizhia, Vereshchuk said.