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As the Russian holiday commemorating the Soviet Union’s World War II victory over Nazi Germany approaches, Ukrainian officials are urging residents to heed air raid warnings as locations prepare for increased Russian attacks.

Ukrainian officials say the risk of large-scale shelling has increased in the run-up to Victory Day. Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said authorities will step up street patrols in the capital.

After two months of Russian bombardment of Mariupol, Ukrainian fighters are making a last-ditch effort to prevent a complete Russian takeover of the strategically important port city, Mariupol. The fall of Mariupol would deprive Ukraine of a major port. It would also create a land corridor for Russia to the Crimean Peninsula.

Ukrainian rescuers are trying to evacuate more civilians from the vast underground tunnels of the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol. The evacuation is said to continue through the weekend.

About 2,000 Ukrainian fighters are hiding in a huge maze of tunnels and bunkers under the Azovstal steel mill and have repeatedly refused to surrender, according to the latest Russian estimates.

Ukrainian officials said before Friday’s evacuation operation that several hundred civilians were also trapped in the tunnels. As the fighting has grown more intense in recent days, the number of people trapped has become increasingly worrisome.

On Friday, May 6, 50 people, including 11 children, were successfully evacuated from the Azovstal steel mill and handed over to representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Ukrainian President Dzerensky said “influential countries” were involved in the effort to rescue the soldiers, although he did not mention any by name.

In his nightly video address, Zelensky said we are also working on diplomatic options to save our troops still in the Azores.

Kateryna Prokopenko, whose husband Denys Prokopenko commands Azov regiment troops in the factory, issued a desperate plea to spare the Ukrainian fighters.

She said they were willing to go to a third country to wait out the war, but would never surrender to Russia because that would mean “filtration camps, prisons, torture and death. If nothing is done to save her husband and his men, they will “stick it out and not surrender.”

Some of the plant’s former evacuees have recounted the horror of being surrounded by death in moldy underground bunkers, where food and water were scarce, medical care was poor and hope was dwindling. Some of those who escaped said they felt guilty for those still there.

On Friday, fighters defending the plant telegraphed (Telegram) that Russian troops had opened fire on an evacuation vehicle inside the Azovstal steel plant, killing one soldier.

On the same day, two missile attacks were launched on the Odessa region in southern Ukraine, where a curfew will be imposed.

The devastating war has been going on for 10 weeks, killing thousands, forcing millions to flee Ukraine, and flattening large swaths of cities.

On Friday, the Ukrainian military’s general staff said its forces repelled 11 Russian attacks and destroyed tanks and armored vehicles in the Donbas region.

Progress was made in the northeaster Kharkiv region, retaking five villages and part of a sixth. Meanwhile, one person was killed and three others were wounded as a result of Russian shelling of the city of Lyman in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/russia-ukraine-war-evacuation-efforts-go-on-at-sprawling-ukrainian-steel-mill/NP7HFAM73GB7Y6LWYLG7X3WXAE/

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