AROUND 100 civilians escaped the Azovstal “Alamo” on Sunday in an evacuation from blitzed port city Mariupol.
A local ceasefire allowed them to flee the sprawling steel plant where diehard bands of Ukrainian soldiers have made a desperate last stand against the Russian invaders.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the mercy mission had started after weeks of crushing false starts.
The UN and Red Cross-backed rescue raised hopes for thousands of others trapped in tunnels and bunkers in the last part of the ruined city still in Ukrainian hands.
Mr Zelensky said: “The evacuation of civilians from Azovstal began.
“The first group of about 100 people is already heading to the controlled area. Tomorrow we will meet them in Zaporizhzhia.”
Brave civilians escape besieged Mariupol factory as diehard soldiers stay to fight
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