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From the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, all women, children and elderly people have been evacuated, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on her Telegram channel.
“All women, children and elderly people from Azovstal” were evacuated. This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed,— she declared.
Earlier today, the authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic announced the evacuation from Azovstal 50 people. According to them, a total of 176 civilians left the territory of the enterprise.
On the eve of the evacuation of 50 people from Azovstal; said the Russian Defense Ministry. Vereshchuk confirmed this information.
On April 21, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Mariupol, saying that on the territory of the local Azovstal enterprise; the “remnants of the nationalists” took refuge. He also said that it would take several days to complete the work of the military at the enterprise, but Putin called off the assault, calling it necessary to think about “saving the life and health of our soldiers and officers.”
On the same day, Vereshchuk stated that there were 500 wounded soldiers and about 1,000 more people at the plant. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky then said that Kyiv would withdraw from negotiations with Moscow on a settlement if it did not allow the evacuation of people from Mariupol.
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This topic was the reason for the meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian authorities with the UN Secretary General António Guterres. At the end of April, he visited Moscow and Kyiv to discuss the evacuation of people from Mariupol, including from Azovstal. Later, in the office of Guterres, they announced Putin's consent to the participation of representatives of the UN and the International Red Cross in the evacuation.
The UN announced the start of the operation on May 5, in the first day, according to the organization and the authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic, “Azovstal” 500 people left. Guterres expressed hope that continued coordination between Moscow and Kyiv would increase the number of “humanitarian pauses” for the safe exit of civilians.
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