Ukraine confirms evacuation of women, children and elderly people from Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk confirmed on Saturday that women, children and elderly people remaining at the besieged Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol have been evacuated. “The presidential order to evacuate all women, children and the elderly have been fulfilled, have been evacuated from Azovstal. This part of the humanitarian operation has ended,” he explained via his account on the Telegram app regarding the war in Ukraine.
A few hours earlier, the forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic had reported the evacuation of about fifty civilians on Saturday. For its part, Moscow had previously declared a ‘ceasefire’ to organize humanitarian corridors in force from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to information from the Russian Defense Ministry’s humanitarian affairs team.
Four Russian missiles hit residential areas in Odessa
Ukrainian authorities have reported the impact of at least four Russian missiles on Saturday against residential areas in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa. A casualty toll has not yet been provided and Southern Defense and Security Forces spokeswoman Natalia Humeniuk has confirmed additional damage to a furniture factory where a fire broke out, although the flames are under control.
“Following the impact a fire has broken out and rescue workers are working at the site. Information on the wounded is being clarified.”
Two other missiles reportedly hit a military airfield in the same city, the damage of which is still to be assessed. Meanwhile, Russia has not commented on the invasion at this time.
At least 62 killed after airstrike on Lugansk school
At least 62 people have been killed in the Russian air strike on Saturday on a school in Belogorovka, in the Ukrainian province of Lugansk, as denounced by the civil-military governor of the region, Serhii Haidai.
The Ukrainian official explained on his Telegram channel that on Saturday at 4.37 p.m. a Russian shelling caused a fire in the educational center and in the local House of Culture, Ukrinform Ukrainian news agency reported.
“Most likely, all of the 60 people under the rubble of the building are dead. You can’t kill soldiers, you kill innocent children,” Haidai lamented. “These are the real atrocities of the ‘Russian world’: shelling on a school with a bomb shelter, the killing of children,” he added.
The flames were extinguished about four hours later and it was then that two bodies were discovered in the rubble. Another 30 people were pulled from the wreckage, seven of them injured. Some 90 people were sheltering at the site.
“These are the real atrocities of the ‘Russian world’: shelling on a school with a bomb shelter, the killing of children,” Haidai said. The flames were extinguished about four hours later and it was then that two bodies were discovered in the rubble. Even then it was reported that another 60 people had probably perished under the building.