He added that some of these residents were forced to board buses bound for an area controlled by Russia. In the morning, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Weryshuk announced a new evacuation attempt for trapped civilians from Mariupol. According to her, “women, children and the elderly” should be brought to safety in Zaporizhia. In the past few days, repeated attempts have been made to evacuate civilians from the city. However, these efforts failed several times. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the failure.
According to Ukrainian sources, Russian units resumed their attacks on the site of the Azov Steel Plant in Mariupol. Oleksiy Aristovich, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said on television that they attacked from the air and tried to storm the facilities controlled by Ukrainian forces.
According to its own data, Russia now has “full control” of the port city in southeastern Ukraine. Nevertheless, Ukrainian soldiers and fighters from the Azov National Regiment still resided in the vast Azovstal steelworks complex. In addition, civilians are said to be hiding in the factory.
According to the Ukrainian news agency “Ukrinform”, children are said to be among them. This was shown in a video posted by Azov fighters and shared on the Western Air Command’s Facebook page.
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