Mariupol mayor Vadim Boichenko has said that residents of our hometown are constantly in the midst of a “wildfire” and that “there is no other solution but to leave safely, but to allow residents to leave the city safely,” Al Jazeera reported.
“This is not an easy decision, but, as I have always said, Mariupol is not its streets or houses. Mariupol is its population, it’s you and me,” Boichenko said in a statement.
The Mariupol City Council said in a statement that civilians would be able to travel to Zaporizhzhia and use specially designed bus routes as well as their own cars.
“Make as many contributions as possible to evacuate civilians – take people with you, fill as many vehicles as possible,” the statement said on social media, urging all drivers to leave the city.
The evacuation will last for several days to allow all civilians to leave the city.
City officials said residents leaving private vehicles were “strictly forbidden” to leave the evacuation lanes.
Meanwhile, more than 66,200 Ukrainians have returned to fight from abroad, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Resnikov.
“Many people have returned from abroad at this time to protect the country from war. That’s 12 more motivated forces fighting !. We are Ukrainians, we can not be defeated, ”Resnikov wrote in an online post.
Civilians will be allowed to leave Mariupol, Ukraine, between 12: 00-17: 00 (GMT 9:00) Moscow time today (05), Russia’s RIA news agency quoted city officials as saying.
Russia has said it will stop firing on civilians in the southern Ukrainian port city of Azov and allow civilians to leave.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people marched in Tokyo to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
They shouted, “Stop the war! Save lives. Others were holding placards saying, “We are with Ukraine.” Others held pictures of Putin, referring to them as “Stop Putin.”
Russia’s shelling of a nuclear power plant in Ukraine on Friday and Japan’s recall of the threat of nuclear war implicated in Putin’s nuclear war Has been remembered.
Russia launches widespread offensive in Ukraine: RIA
Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that Russian troops were continuing their offensive in Ukraine.
The ministry also confirmed that Russian troops had stopped firing and opened humanitarian corridors near the besieged cities of Volnovakha and Mariupol.
Houses destroyed by shelling and houses on fire
PayPal Holdings Inc., meanwhile, has shut down its services in Russia, citing a number of financial and technology companies that have suspended their operations, citing “current conditions.”
“Under the current circumstances, we are suspending PayPal services in Russia,” President and CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement. “The company is with the international community to condemn Russia’s violent military invasion of Ukraine,” he said.
A company spokesman said PayPal would support the withdrawal “for a period of time, ensuring that the account balances are dissolved in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry has declared a ceasefire to allow residents to evacuate two besieged cities, including the strategic port city of Mariupol.
“Today, March 5, at 10 am Moscow time, the Russian side declares a silent regime and opens a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol and Volnovaka,” the ministry said.
There is no immediate confirmation from the Ukrainian military, and it is not immediately clear how long the evacuation routes will remain open.