Russian state media and a Ukrainian soldier say several people have been evacuated from a steel plant in the pulverised city of Mariupol, including women and children.
A top official with the Azov Battalion, the Ukrainian unit defending the plant, said 20 civilians were evacuated during a cease-fire, though it was not clear if he was referring to the same group as the Russian news reports.
He reported heavy bombardment of the site overnight and said fighters were still going through the rubble searching for civilians to rescue.
Russia’s foreign minister has again urged the United States and NATO to stop supplying Kyiv with arms if they are “really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis”, Chinese state media has reported.
Al Jazeera’s Alexi O’Brien reports.
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