May 06, 2022
By Jane Brown
We’re learning that more civilians have been rescued from the tunnels under the besieged steel plant in southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.
The news comes even as fighters holed up at the sprawling complex are making their last stand to prevent Vladimir Putin’s complete takeover of Mariupol.
Efforts also continue to evacuate the estimated 100,000 civilians out of other areas of Mariupol which has been reduced to rubble.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says efforts are underway to establish safe evacuation routes, but for security reasons the details are being kept quiet.
Prior to Friday’s evacuation efforts, it’s estimated some 500 civilians have been safely taken out of Mariupol in the past week.
Representatives with Amnesty International meantime, say they have documented extensive war crimes by Russian forces in communities around the capital Kyiv, which include arbitrary executions, bombardments of residences and torture.
The organization’s secretary general says it’s vital all those responsible are brought to justice.