Civilians escape Mariupol factory as diehard soldiers stay to fight.

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.”

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