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Ukraine evacuates fighters from Mariupol steel plant


In the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on Monday, Roman Voitko (left) and Oleksiy Polyakov check the remains of a destroyed Russian helicopter. Associated Press/Photo by Bernat Armangue

Ukraine evacuates fighters from Mariupol steel plant

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said 53 soldiers were taken from the Azovstal plant to a hospital in the Russia-controlled town of Novoazovsk, east of Mariupol, on Monday. Another 211 fighters left through a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka. The rescue efforts resumed Tuesday as Ukrainian officials said it was impossible to free the last stronghold in Mariupol by military efforts. Maliar said Ukraine would work on an exchange plan to get the evacuated soldiers home.

How are Ukrainians faring in other cities? Makysym Kozytskyy, chairman of the Lviv Regional Military Administration, said Russia struck military infrastructure in the Yavoriv district, 10 miles from the Polish border. Witnesses in the city said at least eight explosions rocked Lviv overnight. Fighting also continued in Kharkiv, where Ukrainian forces reportedly pushed Russian troops back to the border. As the war persists, McDonald’s announced it would sell its 850 restaurants across Russia to “remain steadfast in our values.”

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s latest coverage of the war in Ukraine.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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