Buses ready to evacuate civilians from Sumy, Ukraine

GENEVA, March 15 (Reuters) – More than 70 buses are ready in the besieged city of Sumy in northeastern Ukraine to evacuate civilians who have gathered ahead of a “safe passage” operation which the Red Cross hopes to start on Tuesday, a spokesperson said .

“People have assembled, we hope it will go ahead as planned,” Watson, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told Reuters in Geneva. “We are hoping at the very least to start this operation today.”

Earlier Watson told a UN briefing in Geneva that the ICRC and Ukrainian Red Cross were hoping to organize the evacuation of two convoys of some 30 buses to a safe area. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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