Ukrainian officials said 156 evacuees from Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday, May 3, but added that several hundred others were still sheltering at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant — the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in the city.
Mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko thanked the United Nations (UN), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk for helping to facilitate the evacuations, in a statement issued by the Mariupol City Council.
The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, said she was “relieved to confirm that the safe passage operation from Mariupol” was successful. “The people I traveled with told me heartbreaking stories of the hell they went through,” Lubrani said. “I’m thinking about the people who remain trapped. We will do all we can to assist them,” she added. Credit: Mariupol City Council via Storyful