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Operation underway to evacuate people from the steel plant in Ukraine’s Mariupol: UN

The UN has confirmed that an operation to evacuate people from a steelworks in the bombed-out Ukrainian city of Mariupol is underway.

UN humanitarian spokesman Saviano Abreu told the Associated Press on Sunday that efforts to get people out of the vast Azovstal steelworks were carried out in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross and in coordination with Ukrainian and Russian officials.

He called the situation “very complex” and would not elaborate.

Up to 1,000 civilians are believed to be hunted down with an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian warriors under the Soviet-era steelworks, which is the only part of the city not occupied by the Russians.

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