Ukraine hopes to resume the evacuation of civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol on Tuesday.
Evacuations should resume Tuesday morning with the support of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mariupol, a martyr city almost conquered by the Russians after weeks of siege, announced the municipal council of this strategic port of South East.
This weekend saw the release, for the first time in two months of siege and bombing of the city, of a hundred civilians holed up in the cellars of the huge Azovstal steelworks, the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port in southern Donbass.
Hundreds of civilians stranded in Azovstal
But Monday, in Zaporijjia, 200 km to the northwest, a parking lot transformed into a reception point for refugees, with two armored 4x4s from Unicef and other vehicles from international NGOs, saw no arrival. convoy coming from Mariupol.
In the evening, the Azov regiment, which participates in the defense of the steel plant, explained “that after the partial evacuation of civilians from the territory of Azovstal, the enemy continues to fire on the territory of the plant, including buildings where civilians are hiding”.
According to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, “hundreds of civilians” remain “blocked in Azovstal”.