Civilians leave Mariupol steelworks plant
A group of civilians have left the Mariupol steelworks plant where the last Ukrainian soldiers are holding out in the besieged port city.
A top official with the Azov Regiment, the Ukrainian unit defending the plant, said 20 women and children were evacuated during a cease-fire.
Several Russian state media outlets reported that 25 civilians were evacuated from the plant. It was not immediately clear if they were referring to the same group of civilians.
“They have been transferred to an agreed place and we hope that they will be evacuated to Zaporizhzhia, in the territory controlled by Ukraine,” said Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov regiment, in a video on Telegram.