Ukrainian citizens evacuated after hiding in the Azovstal ironworks for several weeks

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Mariupol’s civilians at the refugee reception center in Zaporizhia. May 3, 2022

On the evening of May 3, Ukraine’s UN resident and humanitarian coordinator Osnat Lubrani publication Evacuees from the Azovstal ironworks in Mariupol have successfully arrived in Zaporizhia. The operation to rescue civilians who had been hiding in the factory for weeks without basic necessities was a top priority for Ukrainian leaders. May 1, Ukrainian officials I called it a great success What they achieved in collaboration with the United Nations and the International Red Cross.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was needed to organize the evacuation Busy With the Presidents of both Ukraine and Russia. In the end, Russia agreed to a ceasefire, according to the Ukrainian side.

Various sources provide conflicting data on the number of people evacuated. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk publication There were 156 people. according to In Osnat Rubrani, 101 left the steelworks, 58 joined the evacuated convoy in Manhash village, and 127 finally arrived in Zaporizhia (she did not explain the contradiction). Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said about 100 civilians had left the factory. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that 122 people left the factory on the weekend, but only 69 of them decided to go to Ukraine’s territory and the rest chose to “stay in DNR.”

There are also reports of evacuation from other parts of Mariupol to Ukrainian-controlled territories.City authorities publication It is a meeting place for people who want to evacuate, including outside the Portcity shopping mall, but their evacuation has been postponed many times. May 3, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko report Of the 14 evacuation buses that left Mariupol, only three arrived on Ukrainian territory, and the remaining 11 were “lost somewhere.” “They get lost in these Filtration centerUnfortunately, “he said.

Not all civilians have left Azofustari — according to Boychenko, about 200 remain in the factory. Ukrainian authorities, as well as representatives of international organizations, talked about the need to evacuate them.

May 3, Azov Battalion report Two women were killed as a result of new airstrikes and shelling on the Azovstal ironworks. According to them, Russian troops are trying to break through the factory with the help of air raids, tanks and other armored vehicles. On May 3, Russia announced that Ukrainian soldiers would resume their attacks on the facility after allegedly “using the ceasefire of Azofustari to take a firing position.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously ordered the Ministry of Defense to blockade plants rather than fire them. Ukrainian citizens evacuated after hiding in the Azovstal ironworks for several weeks

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