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Ukrainian president Volodymyr ZelenskyFriday’s office said an operation was planned to evacuate civilians sheltering at the Azovstal steel plant, the last besieged Mariupol stronghold, according to a report.
The office did not give any details about the operation, which it said would happen Friday, according to Reuters.
Russia has devastated Mariupol, a strategic port city, with continuous attacks since the beginning of the invasion, many of them on civilians. Attacks have left the city with little electricity, water and food for the past two months.
last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin He told his troops That it was not necessary to storm the factory and claim victory over the city. However, the Ukrainian defenders, along with thousands of injured civilians and service personnel, remained inside the besieged factory.
On Wednesday, an official in Mariupol said that the Russians are constantly trying to storm the plant.
“Air attacks on Azovstal do not subside. No silence, but attempts to break in again and again,” Petro Andryushenko, adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol, wrote on his Telegram page on Wednesday.
Efforts are underway to evacuate the station, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who met Zelensky in Kyiv on Thursday. Reuters mentioned.
put it in On Tuesday, he agreed to allow the Red Cross to assist in the evacuation “in principle”.