Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a speech on Sunday that for the first time today, the vital corridor for the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol has begun to operate.
For the first time, Zelensky said, there were two days of “real ceasefire” and added that more than 100 civilians had been evacuated from the plant.
Earlier on Sunday, the Ukrainian authorities along with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that efforts were underway to evacuate civilians sheltering in the factory.
The factory has been subjected to intense Russian bombardment in recent weeks. Hundreds of people, including dozens injured, are believed to be inside the steelmaking complex.
Zelensky said the first evacuees will arrive in Zaporizhia on Monday morning, where they will be met by the Ukrainian government. He added that the Ukrainian government will continue to evacuate people from Mariupol on Monday, starting around 8 am local time.
The evacuation of civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine was temporarily halted from Sunday night to Monday “for security reasons,” the Mariupol city council said in a Telegram post.
The post added that evacuations will now begin at 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET), near the Port City shopping center in Mariupol.
Here are more of the latest headlines from the Russo-Ukrainian War:
- Ukraine’s foreign minister tells the EU’s top diplomat that the Russian oil embargo should be included in future sanctions: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the European Union’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell that the Russian oil embargo should be included in the bloc’s next round of sanctions. at tweet On Sunday, Kuleba said he had spoken with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy about “the next round of EU sanctions against Russia which should include an oil embargo”. The foreign minister criticized the EU’s failure to impose a ban on Russian oil imports, telling a NATO press conference in early April that “as long as the West continues to buy Russian gas and oil, it supports Ukraine with one hand while supporting the Russian war machine with the other hand.”
- The Russian war in Ukraine has had a “catastrophic effect” on global food prices, says the USAID Administrator: Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Sunday that the effects of the war in Ukraine include global food shortages and prices, maintaining “it’s our job to look at it globally” when asked if the global consequences reflect a brewing global war. “It’s just another catastrophic effect of Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Power said on ABC’s This Week. This comes after US President Joe Biden lobbied Congress on Thursday to consider supplying Ukraine with… An additional $33 billion aid packagewith $3 billion earmarked for humanitarian aid and food security financing.
- Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States said Pelosi’s visit to Kyiv was “symbolic”: Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said Sunday his last visit House Speaker Nancy Pelosi To Kyiv was “symbolic” and that Ukraine is looking forward to the approval of the US Congress $33 billion supplemental financing bill It aims to support Ukraine for the next several months. “We need all the help we can get from defensive weapons, military support, financial support, but also humanitarian support,” Markarova said in an interview with ABC’s This Week. “We look forward to congressional approval of it” and “we are counting on the United States for that,” she said. On Saturday, Pelosi led the first official US Congressional delegation to visit Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.
- Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said there are more than 9,000 war crimes cases under investigation: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said her office is opening new cases related to alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces, with a total of 9,158 criminal cases “containing purely war crimes”. “We have already identified specific war criminals,” said Prosecutor Irina Venediktova. She added: “There are 15 people in the Kyiv region, for example, 10 of them in Bosha. We hold them responsible for torture, rape and looting.” Ukrainian prosecutors named ten Russian soldiers last week on suspicion of a variety of crimes in Bucha.