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About 20,000 Civilians Fled Mariupol


About 20,000 residents of the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol have managed to flee in private vehicles. A top executive in Ukraine’s interior ministry said this on Wednesday.


According to the Ukrainian government, there is a shortage of almost everything in the city. As a result, at least 200,000 civilians have to leave quickly via humanitarian corridors that provide a safe escape.

Mariupol on the Sea of Azov has been under siege for about two weeks by pro-Russian militias from eastern Ukraine and Russian forces. They argue that the defenders do not want civilians to leave because this would make a major attack on the city by the besiegers easier. Ukraine claims that the Russians are obstructing the evacuations.

The city is defended, among other things, by extreme right-wing militias, which are war criminals in the eyes of the Eastern Ukrainian separatists. In the breakaway pro-Russian region, according to the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, there is a plan to set up its own “international tribunal” to try “the nationalist Ukrainian war criminals”, as happened with Nazis from Germany after World War II in Nuremberg. . The international tribunals in The Hague or the European Court of Human Rights would be biased and anti-Russian.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Ukraine last month the reason for attacking Ukraine was the persecution and extermination of ethnic Russians, especially in eastern Ukraine. The International Court of Justice of the UN will rule on Wednesday afternoon on the validity of that genocide claim that the Kremlin has put forward as the main excuse for the invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine has brought the case before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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