Ukrainians Offer Harrowing Accounts After Mariupol Evacuations

More than 100 people who fled the Ukrainian city of Mariupol reached Zaporizhzhia on May 3, aid officials said.

The evacuation efforts, which have centered on the Azovstal steel plant — the last redoubt of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol — involved coordination with the United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This footage, showing buses and ambulances arriving in Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday, was released by the ICRC.

Among those in the convoy was Alina Kuzitskaia, who said she had joined the convoy while it was en route. “I was in Mariupol from the very beginning of the war. We spent 40 days in the basement.” said Kuzitskaia, according to a translation provided by the ICRC. "I had to escape from the multistory building because they were shaking too much. I was afraid to sleep in my flat. We managed to get out yesterday.“ Credit: International Committee of the Red Cross via Storyful

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