of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations
on the necessity of evacuating all people from Azovstal,
including the defenders of Mariupol
The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations calls on world leaders, the UN, and other international organizations to make even more effort to evacuate the defenders of Mariupol, who remain under siege at the Azovstal factory. Among them are many wounded who need urgent medical care. However, the evacuation is hindered by constant shelling and attempts to storm the Azovstal plant.
Ukrainian religious figures call for mercy – the defenders of Mariupol should be evacuated to the territory controlled by Ukraine in exchange for captured Russian soldiers and other persons detained for anti-Ukrainian activities. It is particularly crucial to show humanity to the wounded, which is a requirement of international humanitarian law.
The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations supports and blesses the efforts of those who continue to fight for the salvation of every person who has found shelter at the Azovstal plant. We pray for the salvation of every civilian and defender of Mariupol!