More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Malyar said Monday.
“53 seriously injured (soldiers) were evacuated from Azovstal to the medical mortgage near Novoazovsk for medical assistance,” Malyar said in a statement.
Another 211 were drained through the humanitarian corridor, she added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that “we hope to save the lives of our boys”.
“I want to underline: Ukraine needs its Ukrainian heroes alive. This is our principle,” he said in a video statement.
The Azovstal factory has become a symbol of resistance, with hundreds of troops continuing to fight there even after the rest of the city fell to Russian forces.
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