After weeks of living largely underground with dwindling food, water and medicine, more than 170 civilians from Azovstal and the Mariupol area arrived in Zaporizhzhia on Sunday in the third safe passage operation coordinated by the ICRC, the parties to the conflict and the United Nations.
Several dozen civilians left the Azovstal plant area in Mariupol during a five-day safe passage operation coordinated by the ICRC, the parties to the conflict and the United Nations.
Dominik Stillhart, the director of operations for the ICRC, visited Ukraine this week where he saw the devastating human cost of urban warfare in Irpin and Bucha and visited the ICRC’s urban water project, which will restore water supplies in the area.
On April 5, 2022, an ICRC team visited Bucha. They saw devastating scenes of destruction. They saw people in desperate need of basics for survival. They saw streets littered with unexploded ordnances.
An ICRC team has led a convoy of buses and private cars carrying more than 1,000 people to Zaporizhzhia. The civilians transported in the humanitarian convoy had fled Mariupol on their own.
An ICRC team is in Zaporizhzhia with pre-positioned relief items and medical supplies to be ready to facilitate the safe passage of civilians out of Mariupol and bring aid into the city.
As humanitarian needs in Ukraine increase by the hour, the ability of the ICRC to deliver much-needed humanitarian assistance is today being jeopardised by a surge of misinformation and disinformation.
Sixty tons of food and relief items arrived in the city of Kharkiv on Saturday 26 March as the ICRC scales up its response to the devastating humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, amidst skyrocketing needs.