Around 35,000 Ukrainians evacuated Mi, further corridors planned – Zelenskyj

Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues in Irpin
People flee near a destroyed bridge to cross the Irpin River as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

March 10, 2022

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Some 35,000 Ukrainians were evacuated from three cities through humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, adding authorities planned to open another six escape routes on Thursday.

Zelenskyi said in a televised address that rescue efforts would focus on Mariupol and Izyum, both of which were heavily bombed. A children’s hospital in Mariupol was bombed on Wednesday, even though the Russians promised to stop firing so at least some trapped civilians could flee the city.

Zelenskyi said the 35,000 civilians left the cities of Sumy and Energodar, as well as cities in the Kyiv region.

Ukraine’s Interfax news agency previously quoted Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, as saying a total of around 48,000 Ukrainians have been evacuated through humanitarian corridors so far, most of them from Sumy.

(Reporting by David LjunggrenEditing by Alistair Bell) Around 35,000 Ukrainians evacuated Mi, further corridors planned – Zelenskyj

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