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Evacuation challenges and bad optics: Why Ukrainians are losing faith in the ICRC

‘We were all traitors and our volunteers were getting guns pointed at them.’

KYIV. Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, the International Committee of the Red Cross – one of the world’s oldest and most venerated humanitarian organisations – has found itself engulfed by a neutrality row, marked by unsubstantiated claims that it has been abetting the forced evacuation of civilians to Russia and broader perceptions that it hasn’t done enough to assist Ukrainians. (The New Humanitarian, Genf, 03.05.202)