Denis Karlovsky – Sunday, May 1, 2022, 17:45 President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the evacuation of civilians from the caches of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol has begun, with the help of the United Nations. Source: Zelenskyy on Twitter Zelenskyy quote: “The evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant has begun. The first group of about 100 people is already heading to the controlled area. We will meet them tomorrow in Zaporizhzhia. I am grateful to our team and they are currently working with the UN representatives on the evacuation of other civilians from the station.” Details: David Arachamiya, head of the Ukraine negotiating team, confirmed that the talks – with the help of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the President’s office – had successfully ended with an agreement on the rescue of civilians in Azovstal. bunkers. Children, women and the elderly were the first group of civilians to be evacuated. This is the first ceasefire in Mariupol since the start of Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine. Background: On the afternoon of 1 May, international journalists began reporting that evacuation buses carrying 50 civilians had left Mariupol and taken civilians to territory controlled by alleged Democratic Republic of Congo fighters. [Donetsk People’s Republic]. On May 1, the Mariupol City Council announced that the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol to Zaporizhia is now possible. On April 30, the commanders of the Azov regiment, which is participating in the operation to defend Mariupol from the Russian occupiers, said that they took about two dozen civilians from the caches of the Azovstal plant to the territory under Ukrainian control. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to Kyiv for official talks with President Zelensky, and before that he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. He suggested that the United Nations mission manage the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol. The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, left for Zaporozhye on 28 April to prepare for the evacuation from Mariupol. The president’s office insisted that the Kremlin refused a ceasefire and allowed the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal to Ukrainian government-controlled territory.