Mariupol (Times Of Ocean)- Thousands of Ukrainians of Ukraine’s besieged city of Mariupol were evacuated Tuesday amid the ongoing war with Russia, reporting the country’s deputy prime minister.
According to Iryna Vereshchuk, more than 7,000 people have been evacuated, and Ukrainian officials are establishing humanitarian corridors to ease the evacuation process.
On Wednesday, Vereshchuk said, Russian troops were hindering evacuation efforts from some villages in Mariupol, but the process would continue in Berdyansk.
Earlier in the day, she said more than 100,000 civilians were trapped in Mariupol and were unable to escape due to a lack of humanitarian corridors.
Russia-Ukraine war, which began on Feb. 24, has been met with international outrage, with the European Union, US, and UK imposing financial sanctions against Moscow.
According to the UN, 953 civilians have been killed and 1,557 injured during the war.
However, the international body warns that the true toll is “considerably higher.”
The UN refugee agency reports that more than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine as a result of the Russian attacks.