It was reported Friday that Ukraine authorities had limited success in securing the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from the worst affected areas.
Volunteers and local authorities around Kyiv were able to help thousands of people get out of some of the most heavily affected districts in the north and west of the city. In spite of heavy outgoing and incoming fire, over 22,000 people have been evacuated after three days from Vorzel, Hostomel, Bucha, and Irpin, all of which have experienced extensive destruction and are without power and water, said Oleksiy Kuleba, head of Kyiv’s regional administration.
Kuleba said that the administration would “create new routes to reach towns we cannot reach yet” on Saturday to evacuate people.
Some 25 kilometers northeast of Kyiv lies the town of Borodianka. As Russian forces continue to close in on the capital from the north, it was shelled again on Friday.
The Russian occupiers disrupted an attempt to evacuate people from the village of Izium, Kharkiv Gov. Oleh Synehubov said in a Telegram post.
A “green corridor” had been agreed upon and organized, but due to the shelling by the occupiers, it was never launched.
Buses were shelled and barely made it back safely. The buses showed signs of shelling, he said.
More women and children were successfully evacuated from Enerhodar, which fell to Russian forces a week ago, and its surrounding villages in the center of Ukraine.
Most of the displaced are being brought to Zaporizhzhia before boarding trains for western Ukraine.
Local priests have joined efforts to get aid to the besieged city of Mariupol, according to Oleksandr Starukh, head of Zaporizhzhia’s military administration.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov described the situation in Mariupol as difficult. He said the Russians bombed the city even during negotiations.
Nearly 1,600 people in Mariupol have been killed as a result of shelling and airstrikes against the city, according to local authorities.