Ukraine has agreed with Russia on an additional two sites in Mariupol from which civilians, trapped in the besieged and destroyed city can be evacuated, Mariupol City Council said in a Telegram post on May 2.
“With the support from the UN and the Red Cross, two more evacuation locations were established today where people can assemble for a convoy out of Mariupol; they are the nearby Mangush and Lunacharsk, near Berdyansk,” the message reads.
The city council urged people to pass on the announcement to those who are still trapped in Mariupol. The city is without mobile or phone communications.
On May 1, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel mill is underway. The effort is being conducted by the UN and the International Committee of Red Cross. First 100 people are already en route towards the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia.
Mariupol has been besieged by Russian troops for two months. Russian attacks have leveled the city, leaving its residents without water, power, heating, or communications.
Preliminary estimates suggest that as many as 22,000 civilians have been killed in the city during Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Attempting to conceal apparent war crimes, the Russians brought at least 13 mobile crematoria to the area, Ukrainian authorities reported. Reports by Ukrainian journalists and local officials suggest there are at least three mass grave sites in and around the city where dead civilians have been buried.