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Red Cross: Hundreds of civilians evacuated in Ukraine-controlled Zaporozhia region

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said more than 300 civilians had been safely evacuated to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporozhia on Wednesday (May 4th).

The video released by the ICRC showed buses and vehicles arriving in Zaporozhia.

Reuters could not verify where the people in the ICRC video came from.

More than 300 civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol and other parts of southern Ukraine as part of a joint UN-Red Cross operation that ended on Wednesday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Osnat Lubrani said.

Two buses sent for the evacuation of civilians from a Ukrainian city heavily attacked by Russian forces have reportedly disappeared, BBC News reports, citing a military official.

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A military official from Popasna, in the Donbas region, said that one of the two buses, driven by volunteers, was attacked inside the city.

Mikola Khanatov said there was no news of the second vehicle, a school bus driven by a local history teacher.

Of the three buses sent to Popasna, a Ukrainian city, two did not return and were reported missing.

One of the volunteers, Galina Kroshka, said three buses were sent to Popasna on Friday to help evacuate hundreds of civilians. Two of them failed to return to the city of Bakhmut, according to epicnews.ro.

“We are very worried. Our buses have not returned and we have not had any contact with them since yesterday “, said Galina, who, together with her husband, transports civilians, but also humanitarian aid.

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Popasna is a hotly contested town in recent weeks, but there are reports that Russian forces now control almost the entire city.

There is no agreement between Ukraine and Russia on the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to allow the evacuation of civilians trapped along with Ukrainian soldiers in the besieged Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, Kiev warned on Monday, AFP and Reuters reported.

Thus, Thursday’s operation to rescue these civilians who were evacuated to Zaporozhia is a success for the Red Cross and the UN.

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