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The evacuation of the Azovstal steel plant has begun

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On Sunday, the evacuation of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol began, the industrial plant in which underground shelters are thought to be hiding a thousand people, including soldiers and civilians. Between Saturday and Sunday some twenty people, women and children, were initially able to leave the steel mill, and on Sunday afternoon a group of about a hundred people did the same. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky he said which will reach Zaporizhzhia, a city under the control of the Ukrainian army. It is the first successful significant evacuation from the steel plant since Russian President Vladimir Putin requested last week that the factory be blocked so that “not a single fly” could pass, and it was possible thanks to UN intervention.

Saturday the CNN has spread some satellite photographs showing how on the surface the buildings of the complex were significantly destroyed by Russian bombing. Mariupol, a port city in southern Ukraine, is under Russian control, with Ukrainian resistance now reduced to only soldiers refugees in the steel plant, who have received various ultimatums in recent days without formally accepting surrender.

The city is one of the main targets of Russia, which has claimed its conquest for ten days now. “If Mariupol is hell, Azovstal is worse,” Mayor Vadym Boychenko said in a press conference on Friday, who spoke of 600 injured among the people inside the steel mill, whose supplies of food and medicine are probably very scarce for days.

Also on Saturday, a missile attack launched from the Crimea destroyed the landing strip of Odessa airport, in southern Crimea, which, moreover, had been completed last July after ten years of work to encourage tourist flows to the city. There were no injuries in the bombing.

Zelensky, who met with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a visit to Kiev Sunday morning, reiterated that Russia is gathering new troops to intensify attacks in the east and south of the country, while Russia has formally blamed Ukraine. that he bombed his own civilians in the city of Kherson, in a reconstruction that was neither supported by any evidence nor confirmed by the international media. Moreover, the Russian army has announced that the ruble will come into force in the city as the official currency from Sunday, but there are doubts that this will actually be the case. In Bucha, the city near Kiev where the massacres of civilians by the retreating Russian army were discovered, police said they had discovered three new bodies with obvious signs of torture.

Meanwhile, actress Angelina Jolie, UN special envoy for refugees, arrived in Lviv, in the west of the country, who met the survivors of the attack on the Kramatorsk railway station, in which at least 50 people had died.