Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a late night address that 156 people who fled the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol had arrived in Zaporizhzhia on May 3.
Footage taken earlier on Tuesday showed buses arriving in Zaporizhzhia, as part of a coordinated effort involving the United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to evacuate civilians from Mariupol.
“We finally have the result, the first result of our evacuation operation from Azovstal in Mariupol, which we have been organizing for a very long time. It took a lot of effort, long negotiations and various mediations,” said Zelensky. “Today 156 people arrived in Zaporizhzhia. Women and children. They have been in shelters for more than two months. Just imagine! For example, a child is six months old, two of which are underground, fleeing bombs and shelling. Finally, these people are completely safe. They will get help.”
Even as they heralded the evacuations, authorities warned that hundreds of civilians remained trapped at the massive industrial complex, which Ukrainian forces have made their last redoubt in the city. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful