20 civilians evacuated from heavily battered steel plant in Ukraine’s Mariupol: Report

Ukraine Attacked. Image credit: UNI

Mariupol/IBNS: At least 20 civilians, including several children, were able to leave a badly hit steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday.

The same could be a part of the larger evacuation effort of the last holdout in the Russian-held city, according to media reports.

Ukrainian fighters of the Azov regiment, which has been defending the site, said the 20 civilians had left, media reports said.

The survivors possibly left for the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, about 225 kilometres (140 miles) to the northwest.

A United Nations-planned evacuation is underway, though it was unclear whether Saturday’s evacuation was UN-led and whether further evacuations were imminent.

There were no immediate details on the condition of the evacuees.