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UN: humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

| 20.4.22 |

UN: humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

 Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Verychuk said that her country had reached an agreement in principle with Russia to establish a humanitarian corridor today in the besieged city of Mariupol to evacuate civilians. partners have provided it with additional military aircraft and spare parts. Vereshchuk said women, children and the elderly would be evacuated from Mariupol, and the city's mayor said he hoped to evacuate 6,000 people from the besieged city by 90 buses today. 

On Tuesday, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted state television as saying that some 120 civilians living near the Azovstal steel complex east of Mariupol had left through the humanitarian corridor in the city, which is witnessing the most intense fighting in the war and the worst humanitarian catastrophe. disaster. The head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Mikhail Mizintsev said that 3 humanitarian convoys were formed in 3 directions, including buses, vehicles and ambulances, with the aim of evacuating all surrendered Ukrainian soldiers and "militants of ultra-nationalist formations" from Mariupol. 

The armed forces, based on purely humanitarian principles, once again propose that the fighters of the nationalist battalion and foreign mercenaries cease their military operations from 14:00 Moscow time on April 20 and lay down their weapons,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said. A Russian official accused Ukrainian authorities of being the reason not to abandon his soldiers by telling them it was impossible to evacuate them, and not allowing civilians to go and use them as human shields, according to his description. 

He noted that the remaining Ukrainian troops in "Azovstal" are ready to surrender their weapons, but with the permission of Kyiv. On the other hand, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolak said, last night, that Russia bombed the Azovstal compound, the main remaining troop stronghold in Mariupol, with bunker-destroying bombs. "The world is watching on the Internet the killing of children and doing nothing," he wrote on Twitter.
In a related context, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the declaration of a humanitarian ceasefire for a period of 4 days, starting from Thursday and ending next Sunday, on the occasion of Orthodox Easter. Guterres explained - in a statement to reporters - that the ceasefire would allow the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to the most affected areas of Ukraine, as well as safe corridors for evacuating civilians from fighting areas. 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations called for a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine to allow the opening of a series of humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to the most affected areas, as well as safe corridors for evacuating civilians from areas of fighting. A majority of the members of the UN Security Council - in a session which was extended to dawn today - expressed the UN Secretary General's call for a ceasefire in Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Moscow to respond to Guterres' calls to end his war on his country or at least allow a humanitarian ceasefire. On the other hand, Agence France-Presse reports that European Council President Charles Michel arrived in the Ukrainian capital today. military aid Yesterday, the US Department of Defense said that its Kyiv partner had provided it with additional military aircraft and spare parts to repair other warplanes in Ukraine's arsenal that were damaged or out of service. And ministry spokesman John Kirby explained - in a press statement - that his country did not provide Kyiv with the planes, but instead sent some additional spare parts to meet the needs of Ukrainian military aircraft. 

Ukraine has asked Western powers to supply it with Russian-made MiG-29 aircraft, which can be used by Ukrainian pilots, and which some Eastern European countries such as Poland have.
And US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged yesterday - during a conference call - to send more artillery guns to Ukraine to help it repel Russian attacks in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. country. The British prime minister said his country was discussing ways to supply Ukraine with anti-ship missiles, including installing Brimstone missiles on vehicles. 

The Norwegian Ministry of Defense said today that it has delivered 100 Mistral air defense missiles to Ukraine, while the Czech Ministry of Defense said yesterday that the national company will comply with requests from Kyiv to repair Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles damaged during the ongoing fighting. In a related context, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, held meetings with his counterparts in 13 countries, including Turkey. 

A spokesman for the authorities said the military leaders discussed ways to expedite additional military assistance to Ukraine. It should be noted that on February 24, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, followed by international rebuff and severe economic sanctions against Moscow, which required the end of its military operations. Kyiv has abandoned plans to join military entities such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which it sees as meddling in its affairs.

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