The municipality said that about 160 cars managed to get out on Monday through a humanitarian corridor from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which is besieged by Russian and pro-Russian separatist forces.
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The column of vehicles was able to take at about 1:00 pm local time (11:00 GMT) the road connecting this strategic port of the Azov Sea to the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye, according to a Telegram account of the city of Mariupol. Disastrous after days of bombing and siege.
“At the present time, the ceasefire is being observed in the humanitarian corridor,” the same source added.
On Sunday, Mariupol Town Hall reported that 2,187 residents have been killed in Russian attacks since the invasion on February 24.
Several attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the southeastern Ukrainian city have failed in recent days.
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A convoy accompanied by Orthodox priests carrying 100 tons of water, food and medicine was forced to return on Sunday due to the continuous Russian fire. A new attempt was scheduled for Monday.
On Sunday, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned of a “worst-case scenario” in Mariupol if “the belligerents do not reach an urgent humanitarian agreement.”
“Time is running out for hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the fighting. History will judge with apprehension what is happening in Mariupol if an agreement is not reached as soon as possible between the two parties,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement.
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