Russia-Ukraine war: Russia continues assault on Azovstal plant in likely attempt to capture Mariupol for upcoming Victory Day, UK says – live

A third attempt to evacuate civilians trapped in Mariupol is under way, UN confirms; Russian shelling and assault of Azovstal steel works ‘do not stop’, Zelenskiy says

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In the last few moments the Mariupol local authority has posted on its Telegram channel to thank those who have been carrying out evacuations from the city. They posted:

Thank you for saving our people. We hope to expand the mission and increase the scale of the evacuation. After all, tens of thousands of civilians remain in Mariupol. They all live in difficult conditions of humanitarian catastrophe. There is a total shortage of food, drinking water and medicine in the city. Therefore, the evacuation must continue.

A convoy is proceeding to get to Azovstal by tomorrow morning hopefully to receive those civilians remaining in that bleak hell… and take them back to safety.

More than 150 people from Azovstal and more than 300 people from Mariupol and its suburbs who were evacuated by the humanitarian corridor this week are already receiving all the help they need. Medical, document renewal, financial assistance, communication with relatives, friends and families.

Currently, Russian shelling and assault of Azovstal do not stop.

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