Mobilising team to coordinate evacuation of civilians near Azovstal plant of Mariupol: UN
23:30, Wednesday, 27 April, 2022
The United Nations is currently holding talks with Moscow and Kyiv to develop a framework for the evacuation of civilians in Ukraine, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Wednesday, adding their Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is mobilising a team for the evacuation of civilians near Azovstal plant of Mariupol. "Following the agreement reached in principle between the UN Secretary-General [Antonio Guterres] and Russian President [Vladimir Putin], our Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is mobilizing a team on behalf of the UN system to coordinate the evacuation of civilians near Azovstal plant in Mariupol," Haq said. "Today, we are having a follow-up discussion with the authorities in Moscow and in Kyiv to develop an operational framework for the timely evacuation of civilians." Haq said that the United Nations now is "moving stuff" to some areas in Ukraine to provide assistance. "We are putting people on the ground and we are in talks with the sides. What we want is to make sure that a ceasefire would be respected and to move people safely," he added.