Evacuation underway from besieged Mariupol steel plant 2022-05-01 12:10:56


Hundreds of people – including dozens injured – are believed to be inside the compound, which is the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city after weeks of heavy Russian bombing.

Officials said an estimated 100,000 people remained in the city.

The first group of about 100 people headed to the “controlled area”, to meet in the Ukraine-controlled southern Zaporizhia region on Monday, Zelensky chirp Sunday.

“The evacuation of civilians from Azovstal has begun,” Zelensky said.

Grateful to our team! Now with the #UN [United Nations]”We are working to evacuate other civilians from the factory,” he added.

Evacuation has already been confirmed International Committee of the Red Crosswho said they would work with the United Nations on the operation.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement that a convoy that set off on Friday traveled 230 kilometers to reach Mariupol on Saturday morning.

The statement added that “the ICRC insists on the fact that details can only be exchanged after the situation permits, as this may seriously endanger the safety of civilians and the convoy. The relevant local authorities are communicating with civilians on practical details.”

The Russian news agency TASS, citing the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, reported that 80 civilians were rescued from the “territories” of the Azovstal plant and evacuated to a Russian-controlled complex a few miles away.

It is unclear if any came from within the factory itself.

“Civilians who were evacuated by Russian soldiers from the Azovstal plant, who wished to leave for the areas controlled by the Kyiv regime, were handed over to representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” the ministry said.

A satellite image shows an overview of the Azovstal steel plant, the site of the last military stronghold of Ukrainians that also serves as a civilian shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine on April 29.

“Pray for everything to work”

Earlier Sunday, the Mariupol city council urged civilians to gather near the shopping center where there was “coincidence” From the evacuation corridor to Zaporizhia from the besieged city.

“If you have relatives or acquaintances in Mariupol, try to contact them by all means. Call, send a text and say that it is possible to go to Zaporizhia, where it is safe,” the council said on Telegram, instructing civilians to meet “Port City Clock Shopping Center” 4 pm

“We pray that everything will work,” she added.

The release of the evacuation comes a day after two groups of civilians were evacuated from the vicinity of the besieged Azovstal factory, according to For Russian state news agencies.

The TASS and RIA Novosti news agency, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, said that 46 people had left “the residential buildings adjacent to Azovstal” and “were provided with housing and food”.

Russian agencies did not disclose where the evacuees were taken.

& # 39;  They never expected Mariupol's resistance.  & # 39;  The locals were terrified by the relentless Russian attack on the vast steel mill protecting the Ukrainians
Earlier Sunday, a Ukrainian commander inside the factory She said some civilians were evacuated From the factory Saturday after the implementation of the ceasefire.

Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov regiment, said that the cease-fire, which was supposed to start at 6 in the morning, ended at 11 in the morning.

Palamar said that 20 women and children had been taken to an “agreed meeting point” in the hope that they would be evacuated to the “agreed destination” in Zaporizhia.