Evacuation of stranded Mariupol residents resumes

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Evacuation of stranded Mariupol residents resumes

Kiev : Ukraine President's Office says the evacuation of civilians stranded in the besieged city of Mariupol, which began the day before, will resume on Monday.

On social media, Yermak claimed that 100 women, children, and the elderly were evacuated from Mariupol in the first stage on Sunday, and that they were on their way to Zaporizhzhya in the south. According to the report, he thanked the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross for their assistance with the evacuation efforts.

According to Petro Andryushchenko, a Mariupol mayor's advisor, the evacuation began at 4 p.m. on Sunday. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on April 28 to discuss the evacuation of Mariupol. On Sunday night, Zelensky announced that the evacuation of Ukrainian troops from the Azovstal complex in Mariupol had begun. "A hundred people are already on their way to the controlled region," he said, adding that they will arrive in Zaporizhzhya on Monday.

At least 20 people were evacuated from the factory on April 30, making them the first to leave since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the massive industrial complex shut down a week ago. Mariupol, a strategic port city in eastern Ukraine on the Azov Sea, has seen one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country.