Ukrainian authorities have called on residents of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk regions to evacuate while still possible, warning that further Russian bombardment could cut off evacuation corridors.
Evacuations through several humanitarian corridors were completed on 5 and 6 April. Among them are more than 15,400 people from Kramatorsk, Sloviansk, Lozova and Pokrovsk. More than 5,000 people were evacuated from Mariupol and Berdyansk and more than 1,200 people from four towns in Luhansk Oblast. 11 buses sent to evacuate residents of the cities of Melitopol and Tokmak are currently on their way to Zaporizhzhia.
On 5 April, a fourth UN inter-agency humanitarian convoy managed to reach some 17,000 people through the delivery of 8 truckloads of essential supplies to Sievierodonestsk, eastern Ukraine, in collaboration with humanitarian partners of the EU. The convoy brought food rations, flour, plastic sheeting, blankets and four electric generators for hospitals.
On April 6, Russian troops blocked the work of a humanitarian center in occupied Berdyansk, detaining workers and volunteers.
The European Commission is also coordinating the provision of assistance to Ukraine through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, from the 27 Member States and the two Participating States. Nearly 14,000 tonnes of assistance from these countries and rescEU medical stock items were delivered to Ukraine via UCPM logistics hubs in Poland, Romania and Slovakia.