It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of
people still trapped inside buildings in the besieged city of Mariupol. Access
to necessities like food, water, and heat are becoming scarcer by the day,
prompting an ever increasing need for safe evacuations from not only Mariupol,
but several other cities along the frontlines of Russia's relentless
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross,
Peter Maurer met with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov on March 24th and
it is unclear how seriously these concerns were taken by Lavrov. At the
subsequent press conference, Maurer stated "It's
not possible to think about access or evacuation, either in Mariupol or another
place, if we don't have a solid and detailed agreement between the militaries
on the ground." This would indicate that at this point in time, there is
little interest on the part of Russia to establish the safe conditions required
for the evacuation of civilians.
It appears that humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross will
likely continue to face daunting challenges to safely gain access to Ukrainian
cities and regions that have been essentially cutoff from the rest of the world
by the Russian military. Despite widespread international condemnation, this
dire situation for the Ukrainian people is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Welcome to the discussion.