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Eric MixApr 15, 2022 (0)

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 bombardments.

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.

Source: Reuters


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