Odyssey through the war zone: the convoy reaches Zaporizhia after three days

Odyssey through the war zone
The convoy reached Zaporizhia after three days

Ukrainians are still trying to leave hotly contested areas. After days of waiting and wandering, a convoy of cars with many fleeing people arrives in Zaporizhia. For the marines who remained in Mariupol, this security is still a long way off.

A large convoy of cars and vans arrived safely in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia with refugees from Mariupol. The refugees first had to leave Mariupol on their own and make their own way to Berdyansk, about 80 kilometers further west. From there they were taken to safety in rescue vehicles 200 kilometers from Zaporizhia.

Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, previously said the convoy included between 500 and 1,000 cars, making it the biggest evacuation operation of the city since the Russian invasion on February 24. The convoy waited more than three days to be allowed to enter Zaporizhia, Andryushchenko wrote on his telegram channel.

In a dramatic appeal, the Ukrainian commander of the remaining marines in Mariupol had previously requested an evacuation to a third country. “We call on all world leaders to help us,” he said in a video message on Facebook. For days, Ukrainian soldiers and civilians sought refuge in the steel mills of Mariupol. The Ukrainian government recently said it would do everything possible to get the defenders of the port city out of the industrial zone through negotiations with Russia. It was difficult, they said.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Wereshchuk announced on Saturday that negotiations are currently underway for 60 people, including injured fighters and medical personnel. “There are a few hundred injured there, they have to be rescued first because the Russians won’t consent to everyone at once,” she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who on February 24 launched the war of aggression against Ukraine, had urged fighters to lay down their arms and take captives. However, the men and women who entrenched themselves in the factory repeatedly refused to surrender. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said influential mediators would be used for the negotiations. “Of course we are doing everything we can to get everyone out, every one of our defenders.”

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