Breaking the Silence Regime with Deadly Consequences

by Olha Povaliaieva
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Breaking the Silence Regime with Deadly Consequences

Russian invaders fired on convoy and evacuation buses in Mariupol

In early May, Ukraine and Russia agreed to a peaceful evacuation of civilians. Two countries have adopted a regime of silence to protect children, women, and the elderly. 

However, after the first day of the evacuation of people to the territory of Ukraine, the Russian military began to violate humanitarian norms and the human rights to life. From 2 to 5 May, Russia used missiles and artillery weapons to destroy the factory’s building, which had become an unruly sanctuary. But on May 6, the Russian criminals passed all the norms. The occupiers opened fire with guided anti-tank missiles during the ceasefire in the territory of the Azovstal plant. Enemy missiles hit the vehicle of a Ukrainian convoy. Luckily, the car was only approaching buses with evacuees. Thus, no civilians were injured.

The military has been affected, protecting the civilian population, and is ready to come to the rescue anywhere in the country. As of 7 May, 1 soldier had died, and another 6 were in serious condition.

Recall that Mariupol, the Donetsk region, has been blocked since March 1. Since late April, thousands of civilians and Azov military regiments are in a precarious situation. They are in the largest shelter at the metallurgical plant Azovstal and at the same time are in a death trap. The way out of the trap, which is fired from the sky and the ground is not yet. The wounded die from injuries and unsanitary conditions next to the already dead Ukrainians.

The Russian government rejects all Ukrainian proposals to settle this issue. As practice shows, even a confirmed regime of silence is violated by the aggressor country.

The military variant to save Azovstal and Mariupol is not yet possible due to the lack of heavy weapons. That is why the Ukrainians are trying to attract international forces.

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