The Russian Defense Ministry, in turn, said that 80 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from the plant. The military department confirmed that those who wished were allowed to leave for the territory controlled by Kyiv alt=”Zelensky announced the evacuation of about 100 civilians from Azovstal” />
Plant “Azovstal” in Mariupol
About 100 civilians were evacuated from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter.
“The evacuation of civilians from Azovstal has begun. The first group of about 100 people is already moving into the controlled territory. Tomorrow we will meet them in Zaporizhzhia, & mdash; he wrote.
The Ukrainian side continues to work with UN representatives to evacuate the remaining citizens.
The Russian Ministry of Defense, in turn, said that 80 civilians, including women and children, were evacuated from the territory of Azovstal. “thanks to the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” TASS reports. For this, a humanitarian corridor was formed and a regime of silence was established. People were evacuated to the village of Bezymennoe in the DPR, where “they were provided with accommodation, food, and the necessary medical assistance.” “Evacuated by Russian servicemen from the Azovstal plant” civilians who wished to leave for the areas controlled by the Kyiv regime were handed over to representatives of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross,— said the War Department.
Earlier, on May 1, the Mariupol City Council announced the possibility of leaving the city for the territory controlled by Ukraine— in Zaporozhye. TASS and RIA Novosti, in turn, reported that from the territory of Azovstal On May 1, 40 civilians were taken out, including 14 women and eight children, and taken to the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
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On April 26, UN Secretary General António Guterres, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, proposed to involve the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the evacuation of civilians from the plant, Putin agreed. After that, a team was created at the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office to deal with the evacuation from Azovstal.
On April 21, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, reported to the head of state about the transfer of the entire Mariupol under the control of Russia and the DPR. According to him, the territory of the plant “Azovstal” “with the remaining remnants of nationalists and foreign mercenaries”; blocked. It will take about three or four days to complete the cleanup at Azovstal, he reported. However, Putin ordered the storming of the plant to be canceled, calling it inexpedient. He urged to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.” and “do not climb into these catacombs.”
The Russian side claims that the Ukrainian military is using civilians as human shields. Shoigu, reporting to Putin about the capture of Mariupol, said that “every day since March 21, humanitarian corridors have been opened for the evacuation of civilians and foreign citizens,” and the military were asked to surrender, they were guaranteed the preservation of life, but the Ukrainian side resisted.
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