Published: 2022-05-17 12:14
Last Updated: 2023-06-06 12:56
More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine's Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Malyar said Monday, AFP reported.
A total of 53 soldiers were evacuated from Azovstal to a health facility near Novoazovsk for medical aid, Malyar said in a statement.
Another 211 were taken out through the humanitarian corridor to Olenivka, she added.
Both Novoazovsk and Olenivka are now under the control of Russian troops.
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"An exchange procedure will be carried out for their further return home," Malyar noted.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said "we hope to save the lives of our boys.”