Mariupol Steel Plant Evacuations Underway in Ukraine

The site is one of the last Ukrainian holdouts in the city following weeks of heavy Russian bombardment.

Evacuations of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol began over the weekend and are continuing today. The site is one of the last Ukrainian holdouts in the city following weeks of heavy Russian bombardment. As many as 100,000 people are believed to still be blockaded in Mariupol, including up to 1,000 civilians and an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters beneath the plant. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations are conducting the evacuation. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchuk called the situation a “humanitarian catastrophe,” adding that the civilians are running out of water, food and medicine. New satellite images show that nearly every building in the plant has been destroyed.