The evacuees from the Azovstal plant made the first testimonies about the beginning of a “new chapter” in life, after escaping from the “hell” in Mariupol.
Exhausted-looking people, including small children and pensioners laden with bags, got off the buses that stopped in a parking lot in southeastern Ukraine after escaping from the ruins of Mariupol, where Russia now claims control.
Dozens of evacuees who had been taking refuge for weeks in the Azovstal steelworks bunkers arrived safely in the Kyiv-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday, but humanitarian workers said many were still stranded in the port city, according to Reuters.
Azovstal evacuees will start from scratch for a “new chapter”, although they did nothing wrong before the Russian invasion
“As one girl put it, we can start from scratch. But I do not want! My previous pages (of my life) have been so clean and light. I want to go back to my pages. But I understand that this is no longer possible. But now I have to open a new chapter, the new chapter of my family and write new pages in my life, ”cried Tatyana, 25, who paid tribute to the driver during the nearly three-day journey from safety steel.
The Azovstal industrial complex in Mariupol and its bunkers and tunnels became a refuge for both civilians and Ukrainian fighters as Moscow laid siege to the city of the Sea of Azov.
The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) coordinated the five-day operation, which began on April 29, to remove women, children and the elderly from the steelworks.
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