Putin’s troops withdraw after “irreversible casualties”.
mMore than 8,000 people were evacuated from conflict zones on Monday, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, including about 3,000 from the embattled southern port city of Mariupol.
The latest effort by Ukraine’s armed forces comes as the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saluted those who have stood up to Russia.
“There is no need to organize resistance,” he said in a video address on Monday evening. “Resistance for Ukrainians is part of their soul.”
Russian shelling of a humanitarian corridor wounded four children on a route leading out of Mariupol, he added.
Before the war, Mariupol had about 430,000 inhabitants. About a quarter are believed to have left in the first days of the war, and tens of thousands have fled the humanitarian corridors over the past week. Other attempts were thwarted by the fighting, leaving many trapped.
Russia’s invasion has displaced nearly 3.5 million people from Ukraine, according to the United Nations, with millions more internally displaced.
The United Nations has confirmed over 900 civilian deaths but said the real number is likely much higher. Estimates of Russian deaths vary, but even conservative numbers are in the low thousands.