Ukrainian authorities said that all the women, children, and elderly have been evacuated from the bunkers of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.
“This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed,” said Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky also commented on the evacuation, adding that more than 300 people were rescued at this stage.
“Virtually, we evacuated civilians from Azovstal. And we are now preparing the second stage of the evacuation mission – the wounded and medics. Of course, if everyone fulfills the agreements. Of course, if there are no lies. Of course, we are also working to evacuate our military. All heroes who defend Mariupol. This is extremely difficult. But it is important,” the Head of State said.
He added that the authorities were looking daily for a diplomatic option that could work in the evacuation of all Ukrainian defenders from Mariupol.