The UN calls for an “immediate” truce in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol to evacuate civilians

The UN asked this Sunday for an “immediate” truce in Mariupol to allow the evacuation of civilians still trapped in this Ukrainian port city, controlled almost entirely by the Russian armyaccording to a statement from its coordinator in Ukraine.

“We need a pause in the fighting right now to save lives. The longer we wait, the more lives will be threatened. They must be allowed to evacuate now, today. Tomorrow it will be too late,” Amin Awad said.

The coordinator of United Nations for the crisis in Ukraine He made that request a day after an evacuation attempt from Mariupol failed, for which the Ukrainian government blamed Russian forces.

The UN statement mentions that some 100,000 civilians remain trapped in the city, which has been badly destroyed after being under siege by Russian forces for weeks.

Awad said that the orthodox easterwhich is celebrated in both Russia and the Ukraine, provided an opportunity to stop hostilities.

Taking up the calls of the president Volodymyr Zelensky to a truce, presidential adviser Mikhailo Podoliak he also called on Twitter for a “real truce in Mariupol for (Orthodox) Easter” and “a humanitarian corridor for civilians.”

Ukraine said early on Sunday that Russian forces were continuing to bombard the Azov Sea city, including the Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of resistance by Ukrainian fighters.

“The Russian enemy continues to fire and block our units in Azovstal, including with air strikes,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in a statement.

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