Dozens more civilians rescued from steel mill in Mariupol, Ukraine

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Dozens more civilians were rescued Friday from the tunnels under the beleaguered steelworks where Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol made their last stand to prevent Moscow’s full takeover of the strategically important port city. Russian and Ukrainian officials said 50 people had been evacuated from the Azovstal plant and handed over to representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Follow the news live from FRANCE 24. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).

6:10 p.m .: Dozens more civilians rescued from Ukrainian steel plant

Dozens more civilians were rescued Friday from the tunnels under the beleaguered steelworks where Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol made their last stand to prevent Moscow’s full takeover of the strategically important port city.

Russian and Ukrainian officials said 50 people had been evacuated from the Azovstal plant and handed over to representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Russian military said the group included 11 children.

Russian officials and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said evacuation efforts would continue on Saturday. The latest evacuees join about 500 other civilians who have left the factory and the town in recent days.

4:50 a.m.: Diplomatic efforts aim to save Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol, says Zelenskiy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said diplomatic efforts were underway to rescue the remaining fighters locked in the Azovstal steelworks in the city of Mariupol as more civilians were evacuated from the bombed plant.

The defenders have sworn not to surrender. Ukrainian officials fear Russian forces will want to wipe them out by Monday, in time for commemorations in Moscow of the former Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

3:48 am: Biden, Trudeau discuss Ukraine security aid, White House says

US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a phone call on Friday, stressed their commitment to holding Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine and discussed efforts to provide security assistance to Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

1:23 am: UK donates 287 more mobile generators to Ukraine

The British government announced on Saturday that it would give Ukraine 287 mobile generators in addition to the 569 generators it had already donated.

The new generators, which are enough to power nearly 8,000 homes, will be used for hospitals, shelters and other essential services amid the ongoing destruction in eastern Ukraine, the Business Department said, Energy and Industrial Strategy in a press release.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

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