UN urges immediate pause in fighting as situation in Mariupol deteriorates sharply – Ukraine
UN calls for pause in fighting to allow safe evacuation of civilians in besieged Mariupol
Kyiv – (April 24, 2022) – The United Nations on Sunday called for an immediate halt to fighting in the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol to allow civilians believed to be trapped in the city to get out completely safe.
“The lives of tens of thousands of people, including women, children and the elderly, are at stake in Mariupol,” said Amin Awad, the UN crisis coordinator for Ukraine. “We need a pause in the fighting right now to save lives. The longer we wait, the more lives will be at risk. They must be allowed to evacuate safely now, today. Tomorrow might be too late. Awad said.
Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a humanitarian pause in hostilities as Orthodox Christians mark Easter.
Today, Easter Day, Awad reiterated Guterres’ call for an end to the fighting to allow supplies to Mariupol and other attacked areas and allow the departure of those who want to leave as the situation in Mariupol deteriorates considerably.
“At a time when the religious holiday calendars of Orthodox Easter, Passover and Ramadan are scarce, it is time to focus on our common humanity, putting aside divisions,” he said.
For more information, please contact:
Kris Janowski, Office of the United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine
+380 99 7400046 Email: [email protected]
Saviano Abreu, OCHA: +380 681 334 432, WhatsApp/Signal: +254 780 530 141, [email protected] Viktoriya Hrubas, OCHA: +380 50 382 4541, [email protected]
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