The first convoy of civilians to escape from a steel plant in Russian-occupied Mariupol has reached the relative safety of Ukraine-controlled Zaporizhzhia as Russian forces launched a new assault on the site.
The United Nations confirmed 127 civilians evacuated from the besieged plant and a nearby town arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city, some 230km (140 miles) northwest of Mariupol, on Tuesday.
Osnat Lubrani, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, said 101 civilians left the steelworks as part of a five-day operation coordinated by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross that began on April 29.
They “could finally leave the bunkers below the Azovstal steelworks and see the daylight after two months”, she said in a statement.
Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.
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