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Civilians evacuated from the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol arrive at a temporary accommodation heart in the village of Bezimenne, Ukraine on May 6. (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Ukraine’s Deputy Primary Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that “all women, small children and aged men and women” have been evacuated from the Azovstal metal plant.

“The order of the president has been finished,” she said. “This aspect of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed.”

In brief feedback to CNN from inside the Azovstal plant on Saturday night neighborhood time, one particular of the Ukrainian defenders at the sophisticated explained that an evacuation of civilians experienced been carried out with no incident.

The remarks were being produced by Mykhailo Vershynin, the main of the Mariupol Patrol Law enforcement. He gave no specifics about the variety that experienced been ready to go away.

Separately, the general workers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces claimed that Russian forces continue to blockade the Ukrainian troops inside the plant and had been applying artillery and tank fireplace as they carried out assault functions.

What Russia is declaring: A senior Russian formal has agreed that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal metal plant has been concluded.

Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s Nationwide Heart for Defense Administration, reported that Russia had evacuated a full of 51 civilians from Azovstal, in cooperation with the United Nations and the Pink Cross, due to the fact Could 5. Mizintzev reported the tally incorporated just just one particular person evacuated Saturday.

The Russian account, which was carried by the state news agency TASS, appeared to match that of the Ukrainian authorities.

The whole of 51 evacuees is considerably lessen than former estimates of the quantity of civilians still trapped at Azovstal. As of Saturday early morning local time, extra than 100 civilians — together with youngsters — ended up however thought to be trapped inside of the sprawling complicated, along with quite a few hundred soldiers, lots of of them wounded. It really is not recognised how quite a few men other than the Ukrainian troopers could even now be in the sprawling complex. 

One of the Ukrainian soldiers even now at Azovstal, Serhiy Volina, posted on Facebook late Saturday community time: “Appears to be like I’m in some hellish fact show where by we army fighting for daily life, having every single opportunity to help you save and the complete environment is just looking at an interesting tale!” he reported.

“This is the authentic everyday living! Agony, struggling, starvation, torment, tears, fear, loss of life – all true!” he wrote.

Volina explained he was hoping for a wonder from the “increased powers” and that “this hell of a reality present will close.”

“Time goes by, and time is our lives!” he concluded.