Steve May 7, 2022

Source: AP


ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says all women, children and older adults have been evacuated from a Mariupol steel mill long besieged by Russian forces.

“The president’s order has been carried out: All women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from Azovstal,” Iryna Veheshchuk said. “This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed.”

She did not elaborate. The Russian news agency Tass had reported another 50 evacuated from the plant on Saturday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — The war in Ukraine wracked the country’s southern coast Saturday as Russian forces fired cruise missiles at the city of Odesa and bombarded a steel mill housing Ukrainian civilians and fighters, hoping to complete their conquest of the port of Mariupol in time for Victory Day celebrations.

This satellite image taken by Planet Labs PBC shows thick black smoke rising after a suspected Ukrainian drone strike on Russian positions on Snake Island, Ukraine, in the Black Sea Friday, May 6, 2022. (Planet Labs PBC via AP)

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