Aerials of Ukraine Air Base Damaged in Fighting

Ukrainian documentary filmmakers on Thursday released a video showing the severe damage at an air base near Kyiv following the Russian offensive on the capital.

READ MORE: Thousands of Ukrainians fled brutal fighting in some of the country's key population centers Friday despite problems with maintaining some of the pre-identified humanitarian corridors.

A senior Ukrainian official said 6,266 people were able to evacuate and flee the violence, including more than 3,000 from the besieged southern city of Mariupol.

The escape of so many civilians from Mariupol came despite a failed attempt to evacuate even more people from the city that U.S. defense officials said had been "decimated" by Russian airstrikes and missile attacks.

An attempt to reach the city with buses and rescue personnel failed after "arrangements and conditions made it impossible to proceed," the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday.

"For the operation to succeed, it is critical that the parties respect the agreements and provide the necessary conditions and security guarantees," the ICRC said in a statement. "[The team] will try again on Saturday to facilitate the safe passage of civilians from Mariupol."

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