Ukraine’s president says he hopes for more evacuations from Mariupol as fighters in Azovstal report new Russian attacks.
- Ukraine commander raids on Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant have resumed after evacuations.
- Mariupol’s city council says a broad, UN-backed evacuation of its civilians, other than those sheltering at a steel plant, will begin on Monday.
- Around 100 Ukrainian civilians are heading to a temporary camp in Russian-held territory after being evacuated from a ruined steelworks in Mariupol.
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes the highest-ranking US official to visit Kyiv and meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
- Russia has carried out missile attacks across southern and eastern Ukraine, including one that destroyed the runway at Odesa airport.
Here are the latest updates:
Azovstal standoff ‘saved lives’: Azov fighter
The standoff at the Azovstal steel plant saved many lives, the deputy commander of the Azov Regiment has said.
“Because if we hadn’t done this, the front line would be much bigger. The front line would be in another area,” Sviastoslav Palamar told the Associated Press.
Palamar also said while he hoped everyone that would have been evacuated from the plant, it has been difficult to reach some of the wounded.
There’s rubble. We have no special equipment. It’s hard for soldiers to pick up slabs weighing tons only with their arms,” he said.
Explosion damages bridge in Russia’s Kursk region
An device damaged a railway bridge on Sunday explosive in the Kursk region of Russia, which borders Ukraine, the region’s government reported in a Telegram post.
The explosion caused a partial collapse of the bridge near the village of Konopelka, on the Sudzha-Sosnovy Bor railway, the report from Kursk said.
“It was a sabotage, a criminal case has been opened,” said the region’s governor, Roman Starovoit, according to Russia’s TASS new agency. He said there were no consequence, and no effect on the movement of trains.
Zelenskyy hopes ‘all necessary conditions’ will be met for Mariupol evacuations
Ukraine’s president says his government is planning to more evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol on Monday morning.
“I hope that tomorrow all the necessary conditions will be met to continue the evacuation of people from Mariupol. We plan to start at 8am,” he said in his nighttime address.
“For the first time there were two days of real ceasefire on this territory. More than a hundred civilians have already been evacuated – women and children first of all,” he said of those who left the Azovstal steel plant on the weekend.
“Given all the complexities of the process, the first evacuees will arrive in Zaporizhzhia tomorrow morning. Hopefully this doesn’t fail. Our team will meet them there,” Zelenskyy added.
Ukrainian commander says Russia resumed shelling of Azovstal steel plant
Ukrainian National Guard brigade commander Denys Shlega has said in a televised interview that shelling resumed at the Azovstal steel plant as soon as rescue crews ceased evacuating civilians.
Shlega said at least one more round of evacuations is needed to clear civilians from the plant.
Dozens of small children remain in bunkers below the industrial, as well as several hundred civilians facilities, nearly 500 wounded soldiers and numerous dead bodies, he said.
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