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Ukraine’s Bid to Evacuate Civilians from Mariupol ‘Thwarted’ by Russian Forces, Says City Official

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Last Updated: April 23, 2022, 22:43 IST

Kyiv, Ukraine

A dog crosses a street in the shattered port city of Mariupol, where Russian troops launched an intensive campaign. (Image: Alexander NEMENOV/AFP)

A dog crosses a street in the shattered port city of Mariupol, where Russian troops launched an intensive campaign. (Image: Alexander NEMENOV/AFP)

The official said around 200 residents gathered at an evacuation meeting point announced by Kyiv, but Russian forces “dispersed” them

An attempted Ukrainian evacuation of civilians from the shattered city of Mariupol, where many remain trapped, was “thwarted” by Russian forces on Saturday, a city official said.

“The evacuation was thwarted,” Mariupol city official Petro Andryushchenko said on Telegram, adding that around 200 residents had gathered at the evacuation meeting point announced by Kyiv, but Russian forces “dispersed” them. He alleged that others were told to board buses headed to places controlled by Russia.

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first published:April 23, 2022, 22:43 IST
last updated:April 23, 2022, 22:43 IST