Civilian Evacuations Begin in Mariupol
Headline Roundup May 2nd, 2022
On Sunday, the Ukrainian government and the United Nations stated that Russian forces have allowed civilians trapped in the fight for control of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol to start leaving the city.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office said that a group of 100 refugees were being led away by Red Cross monitors from the Azovstal steel plant, and that the evacuees were expected to arrive in Zaporizhzhia on Monday. Previous efforts to bus out civilians and establish a "humanitarian corridor" have repeatedly broken down.
Soon after some civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plan in Mariupol, Russian forces reportedly bombed the plant in a continued effort to secure full control of the city, despite continued defiance on the part of Ukraine.
Civilians trapped in the grim battle for control of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol have been allowed to start leaving the city by besieging Russian forces, the United Nations and the Ukrainian government said Sunday.
Invading Russian troops have been trying to oust a stubborn detachment of Ukrainian troops at a vast steel mill complex on the edge of the city, with about a thousand Ukrainian civilians also trapped at the site.
Previous efforts to establish a “humanitarian corridor” to bus out the civilians have repeatedly broken down.
The first group of 100...
Ukrainian authorities are planning to evacuate more civilians from Mariupol on Monday, after dozens were finally brought to safety following weeks trapped under heavy fire in the strategic port city’s Azovstal steel complex.
The civilians had been sheltering in bunkers beneath the steelworks that is the last redoubt for Ukrainian forces in Mariupol.
On Sunday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said about 100 civilians evacuated from the steel works and would arrive in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Monday morning.
“For the first time, we had two days of a...
Russian forces shelled the Azovstal steel plant soon after some civilians were evacuated from the besieged facility, Ukrainian military officials said ahead of fresh evacuations planned for Ukraine's final stronghold in Mariupol on Monday.
Details: Ukraine National Guard brigade commander Denys Shlega said in a TV address Sunday night that "as soon as the last civilian" from the group of evacuees left the plant it "came under fire again" as several hundred remaining civilians were sheltering, including up to 20 children, per Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said about 100 civilians were...