Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech on Sunday that for the first time today the vital corridor to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol had started operating.
Zelensky said for the first time that there had been two days of “real ceasefire” and added that more than 100 civilians had been evacuated from the factory.
Earlier on Sunday, Ukrainian authorities alongside the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that an effort to evacuate civilians sheltering in the factory was underway.
The factory has been subjected to heavy Russian bombardment in recent weeks. Hundreds of people, including dozens injured, are believed to be inside the steel complex.
Zelensky said the first evacuees will arrive in Zaporizhzhia on Monday morning where the Ukrainian government will meet them. He added that the Ukrainian government will continue to evacuate people from Mariupol on Monday, starting around 8 a.m. local time.
The evacuation of civilians from the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol was halted from Sunday evening to Monday for “security reasons”, the Mariupol city council said in a Telegram post.
Evacuations will now begin at 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET), near the Port City mall in Mariupol, the post added.
Here are the latest headlines from the Russian-Ukrainian War:
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister tells European Foreign Minister that Russian oil embargo should be included in next sanctions: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has told top EU diplomat Josep Borrell that an embargo on Russian oil should be included in the bloc’s next round of sanctions. In a Tweeter On Sunday, Kuleba said he spoke with the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy regarding “the next round of EU sanctions against Russia, which must include an oil embargo”. The foreign minister criticized the EU’s failure to impose an embargo on Russian oil imports, telling a NATO press conference in early April that “as long as the West continues to buy of Russian gas and oil, he supports Ukraine with one hand while supporting the Russian war”. machine with another hand.”
- Russia’s war in Ukraine is having a “catastrophic effect” on world food prices, the USAID administrator says: Samantha Power, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development, said on Sunday that the impacts of the war in Ukraine include food shortages and global prices, saying “our job is to look at it globally when asked if the global aftermath reflected a simmering global war. “It’s just another catastrophic effect of Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” Power said on ABC’s “This Week.” It comes after US President Joe Biden pressed Congress on Thursday to consider providing Ukraine with an additional $33 billion in aid package, including $3 billion earmarked for humanitarian aid and funding for food safety.
- Ukraine’s ambassador to the US said Pelosi’s visit to Kyiv was “symbolic”: Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Kyiv was “symbolic” and that Ukraine looks forward to approval by the US Congress. of a $33 billion additional funding bill to support Ukraine over the next few years. month. “We need all the help we can get in defensive weapons, military support, financial support but also humanitarian support,” Markarova said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “We look forward to Congress approving it” and “we’re counting on the United States for that,” she said. On Saturday, Pelosi led the first official US congressional delegation to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
- The Prosecutor General of Ukraine says that more than 9,000 war crimes cases are under investigation: Ukraine’s prosecutor general said his office was opening new cases of alleged war crimes by Russian forces, with a total of 9,158 criminal cases “purely involving war crimes”. Prosecutor Iryna Venedictova said: “We have already identified specific war criminals.” She added: “There are 15 people in the Kyiv region for example, 10 of them in Bucha. We hold them responsible for torture, rape and pillage. Ukrainian prosecutors last week named ten Russian soldiers suspected of various crimes in Bucha.