According to a commander of the Azov Regiment, one of the Ukrainian soldiers trapped at the plant, some civilians were evacuated from the Azovostel Steel Works in Mariupol after a ceasefire was introduced.
Deputy Commander Capt. Soyatslav Palmar Azov RegimentThe ceasefire, which was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. local time, ended at 11 a.m. local time, he said.
“So far, it is true, both sides are following the ceasefire system,” he said.
He said the evacuation convoy was too late. “From 6 a.m., we’ve been waiting for the evacuation convoy to arrive, which arrived just at 6:25 p.m.”
“We have brought 20 citizens to the consensus meeting point, whom we have managed to pull out from under the rubble. These are women and children. We hope that these people will reach the destination, which is Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.” The area is under control, “said Palmer.
“So far, the rescue operation is being carried out by Azov personnel – we are rescuing civilians from the rubble,” he added.
“These are women, children and the elderly,” he said in a video message on the regiment’s telegram channel.
“We hope that this process will be taken further and we will successfully evacuate all citizens,” he said.
“As far as the wounded are concerned – those who need immediate medical attention – it is not clear to us why they are not being evacuated and their evacuation in the Ukrainian-controlled territory is not being discussed. “
“I emphasize that we seek evacuation guarantees not only for civilians but also for our wounded soldiers who need medical assistance.”
Russia’s state news agency TASS said earlier in the week that a group of citizens had left the steel plant. A spokesman at the scene told TASS that a total of 25 people came out, including six children under the age of 14. CNN cannot independently verify TASS reporting.
Hundreds of people are believed to be inside the steel complex, including dozens injured during the heavy Russian bombardment over the past several weeks. the latest Satellite imagery The plant shows that many of its buildings have fallen into ruin.
Azovstal plant guards said Wednesday night’s attacks targeted a makeshift hospital inside the complex, leading to a sharp rise in casualties.
Here’s what a part of the plant looked like about six weeks ago: