A total of 9,145 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities via humanitarian corridors on Friday, a senior Ukrainian official said, far more than the number who managed to flee on Thursday.
Kirillo Tymoshenko, deputy director of the president’s office, said in a post online that 4,972 people left the besieged city of Mariupol.
In all, only 3,810 people were on Thursday in able to leave cities across the country.
The pro-Russian part in the east of the country had confirmed the opening of humanitarian corridors and the evacuation of thousands of civilians. About 35,000 civilians have left Mariupol since the humanitarian corridors opened, said Pavlo Kirilenko, head of the local military administration in Donetsk.
The military official also added that he left the city on foot and with his own autonoting that all Mariupol residents received “necessary assistance” during their departure.
While the Ukrainian defense ministry had previously accused Russian forces of destroying 90% of the city, and nearly 2,500 people were killed as a result of the bombing.
Mariupol, located in the south of the country, is an important strategic target for Moscow, as its control allows it to connect Russian forces in Crimea and in the Donbass and prevents Ukrainians from reaching the Sea of Azov.
Interestingly, the Russian military operation entered its fourth week today, Friday, with the continuing fighting in Mariupol, Kiev and in other cities, intermittently, in concomitance with the continuation of negotiations also between the two countries in order to reach a solution to put an end to the conflict that broke out on 24 February.
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