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Ukraine War Latest : Red Cross evacuation plan approved at “top-level”

Ukraine War Latest : Red Cross evacuation plan approved at “top-level”

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Returning to Mariupol evacuation efforts the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said the plan has been approved by “top-level authorities” from Ukraine and Russia, Reuters news agency reports.

The organisation is hopeful the evacuation can take place on Friday and it plans to lead 54 Ukrainian buses and private cars in a convoy out of the beleaguered city.

But the ICRC has not received permission to take humanitarian aid and has departed without the pre-positioned medical and other supplies, a spokesman said.

ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told reporters in Geneva: “This effort has been, and remains, extremely complex.

“There are a lot of moving parts and not all of the details are yet in place to ensure that this happens in a safe manner.”

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He added that it was hoped “thousands” could be brought to safety.

 Russian Invasion Of Ukraine latest News(Summary)

  1. Top-level Ukrainian and Russian authorities have approved a plan for further evacuations from Mariupol, the Red Cross says
  2. Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the devastated city in Ukraine’s south
  3. Meanwhile Russia says Ukrainian helicopters attacked an oil depot in Belgorod, in Russian territory
  4. Ukraine hasn’t confirmed the strikes but says it is making gains around Kherson – the only major city held by Russian forces
  5. Russia’s foreign minister is in India and says he appreciates the country’s response to the war; India has not condemned Russia’s invasion
  6. Foreign gas buyers must open local currency accounts in Russia to pay for gas today after Vladimir Putin threatened supplies
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