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I found an article on Al Jazeera from 6th March mentioning Charles Stratford :
Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford drove 60km along the route of the planned humanitarian corridor on Sunday. He said he had been expecting to see buses full of civilians moving towards the direction of Zaporizhzhia amid the ceasefire

"What we saw was an increasing number of private vehicles taking families out; there was no sign of that convoy," he said.
A source from the Azov Battalion, a paramilitary group that is now part of Ukrainian security services, told Stratford that Russian forces had started shelling as efforts to get people on buses in Mariupol began. Al Jazeera was not able to independently verify the claim.

Mariupol's city council said that the convoy of evacuees was not able to depart due to attacks by Russian forces. "It is extremely dangerous to take people out under such conditions," the city council said in a statement.

A representative of the Russian-backed Donetsk self-declared republic in eastern Ukraine, Eduard Basurin, said Ukrainian forces refused to guarantee compliance with the ceasefire, Russian state media Interfax reported.
Sunday marks the second failed attempt to establish a humanitarian corridor along the same route. In a second round of negotiations held on Thursday, Kyiv and Moscow had already agreed on a first ceasefire to be implemented on Saturday. But the deal fell apart with both sides accusing each other of breaking the terms of the agreement.

But it doesn't say Azov Battalion defending battle lines in Mariupol using civilians as human shields or anything remotely approaching it, so I guess it's not the right article, Oui?

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by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 04:43:48 PM EST
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