The gum corridors will operate on May 5-7 from 8:00 to 18:00. Civilians will be allowed to evacuate both towards Russia and towards Ukraine
During the daytime on May 5, 6 and 7, the Russian military will open humanitarian corridors from the territory of the Azovstal plant. in Mariupol, the Russian Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response (MKSH) said.
“The Armed Forces of Russia from 8:00 to 18:00 (Moscow time) on May 5, 6 and 7, 2022 open a humanitarian corridor from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant” for the evacuation of civilians (working personnel, women and children), whose presence in the underground facilities of the plant is once again announced by the Kyiv authorities,— the report says.
The MKSH noted that during these periods the military of Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic “unilaterally” cease hostilities and withdraw troops to ensure the exit of civilians both towards Russia and towards Ukraine.
Plant “Azovstal” remained the only place in Mariupol that is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces. On April 21, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol, with the proviso that “the completion of work at Azovstal” the Russian army needs about three to four days. Putin ordered to cancel the assault on the plant.
The Ministry of Defense has been opening humanitarian corridors for evacuation from Azovstal since mid-April. Earlier, the department indicated that Ukrainian servicemen and “militants of nationalist formations” who voluntarily laid down their arms could use the corridors. Ukrainian media reports that Azovstal there is a “large number of civilians”, the military department called “information stuffing”.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that evacuation of people from Azovstal began on May 1, on this day, according to him, about 100 people came out of there. The Red Cross reported that the evacuation is being carried out with the participation of their employees, as well as the UN.
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