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Ukraine: All women and children evacuated from Mariupol steel mill

Ukraine: All women and children evacuated from Mariupol steel mill

The last women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. This was confirmed by the Ukrainian government. It is unclear whether there are any civilians among the remaining men in the city.

editorial staff
May 7, 2022 7:30 p.m.

According to official information, the last women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. “This part of the humanitarian operation in Mariupol has been completed,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Telegram on Saturday. She initially left open whether there were any civilians among the remaining men.

The evacuation came thanks to the cooperation of the United Nations and the Red Cross.APA/AFP/Dimitar DILKOFF

Fire breaks lasting several hours enabled evacuation

The last remaining Ukrainian fighters who are opposing the Russian troops are also holed up on the factory premises. The pro-Russian separatists fighting alongside Moscow had previously announced the evacuation of 50 civilians. In other parts of Mariupol, where more than 400,000 people lived before the war, more people are said to be holding out.

A family evacuating from Azovstal PlantAPA/AFP/Dimitar DILKOFF

The most recent evacuation mission came about with the help of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Since Thursday, Russia’s military had assured fire breaks of several hours every day in the completely destroyed city on the Azov Sea. The last one was supposed to end on Saturday night. Observers assume that the Kremlin wants to take Azovstal as soon as possible in order to be able to announce the capture of Mariupol next Monday – the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany.

The evacuation should now be complete

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