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Russia Says It Will Open Humanitarian Corridor From Mariupol Today

Ukraine said it sent dozens of buses to evacuate civilians from Mariupol.

Moscow:

Russia said a humanitarian corridor would open Friday morning to allow civilians to exit the besieged port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.

“The Russian armed forces will reopen the humanitarian corridor from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia on April 1 from 10:00 a.m.,” or 0700 GMT, Russia’s defense ministry said.

The decision was made after “personal requests from the French president (Emmanuel Macron) and the German chancellor (Olaf Scholz) to Russian President Vladimir Putin”, he said in a statement.

Zaporizhzhia is located about 220 kilometers (140 miles) northwest of the port city on the Sea of ​​Azov.

“To ensure the success of this humanitarian operation, it has been proposed that it be carried out with the direct participation of representatives of the UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” he added, referring in advance to the UN refugee agency.

The ICRC said earlier it was preparing to facilitate the safe passage of civilians from Mariupol.

Ukraine said it sent dozens of buses to evacuate civilians from Mariupol after the announcement of a Russian ceasefire.

Aid groups say tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city with little food, water or medicine, but previous attempts to agree on humanitarian corridors have failed, despite international pressure.

Both sides accused each other of obstructing the transfer.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a press release)

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