, The Red Cross is still attempting to evacuate residents of Mariupol, and Russia claims it has failed Ukraine: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday that the operation to assist civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol was still underway, hours after Russia said it had failed and blamed the ICRC.

According to Interfax news agency, Russia’s defense ministry said assistance convoys were unable to enter Mariupol on Friday and Saturday due to “destructive acts” by the ICRC.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a Red Cross convoy headed to the Ukrainian port turned around on Friday because it had become difficult to continue with its objective to begin evacuating civilians.

“The humanitarian mission to aid the safe exit of residents from Mariupol is still underway. By email, an ICRC representative said, “The situation on the ground is volatile and vulnerable to rapid changes.”

“The ICRC is not in a position to speak further at this time due to the ICRC’s duty as a neutral intermediary in what is an extremely complex operation.”

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the director of the Russian National Center for Defense Management, was quoted by Interfax as saying that the ICRC has demonstrated its inability to assist in the preparations to evacuate civilians from the city.

According to Mizintsev, the convoys left late on April 1 and 2 due to Red Cross efforts, and were unable to reach Mariupol on time.

According to him, ICRC staff made unscheduled pauses en route on Friday, and several cars split away from the main convoy before returning.

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