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A small convoy of buses leaves from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol

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A small convoy of buses could be seen leaving the city of Mariupol on Wednesday, the most attempted since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On Wednesday (April 20th), heavy clouds of black smoke came out of the Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol, while dozens of evacuees were queuing to board buses, some carrying luggage or carrying small pets in their arms.

They left a planned evacuation point to Ukrainian-controlled territory, two witnesses told Reuters.

In this bus convoy that managed to get out of Mariupol were also whole families who wanted to escape the bombardment.

Pensioner Tamara, 64, said she would stay with her sister in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. She leaves town with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

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“We need a break after the bombing, after all this nightmare. I lived in the basement for 30 days, “she said in tears as she waited for the bus.

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko, who left the city, said about 100,000 civilians had remained in the city on the Sea of ​​Azov and that tens of thousands had been killed there since Russia invaded Ukraine. The figures could not be verified by Reuters.

Those who still live there have been without electricity, heat and supplies for weeks, local authorities say. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk described the situation earlier on Wednesday as “catastrophic”.
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