STORY: Dozens of evacuees who took refuge for weeks in the bunkers of the Azovstal steel reached the safety of Kyiv-controlled Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday, but aid workers said many still remained trapped in the port city.
“As one girl said – we can start a life from scratch. But I don't want to! My previous pages (of my life) were so clean and light. I want to return to my pages. But I understand that this is no longer possible. But now I have to open a new chapter, my family's new chapter and write new pages of my life,” cried Tatyana, 25, who paid tribute to the driver during their almost three-day journey from the steel plant to safety.
Mariupol's sprawling Azovstal industrial complex and its bunkers and tunnels became a refuge for both civilians and Ukrainian fighters as Moscow laid siege to the city on the Sea of Azov.
The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) coordinated the five-day operation beginning on April 29 to bring out women, children and the elderly from the steel works.