A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday after waiting days for Russian troops to allow them to leave
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Ukrainians flee besieged port city of Mariupol in large convoy of cars and reach safety as refugees tell of ‘devastating’ escape

  • Refugees from Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia 
  • They had waited days for Russian troops to allow them to leave the besieged city 
  • Ukraine has been evacuating civilians from Mariupol for more than two months

A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday after waiting days for Russian troops to allow them to leave.

Mariupol, now mostly Russian-controlled, has been flattened during the 80-day-old war. 

Ukraine has gradually been evacuating civilians from the devastated city for more than two months.

Refugees first had to get out of Mariupol and then somehow make their way to Berdyansk – some 80 km further west along the coast – and other settlements before the 200 km drive northwest to Zaporizhzhia.

A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday after waiting days for Russian troops to allow them to leave

A large convoy of cars and vans carrying refugees from the ruins of Mariupol arrived in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday after waiting days for Russian troops to allow them to leave

Ukrainian refugees from Mariupol region arrive by cars at a registration and humanitarian aid centre for internally displaced people, amid Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine May 14

Ukrainian refugees from Mariupol region arrive by cars at a registration and humanitarian aid centre for internally displaced people, amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine May 14

Ukraine has gradually been evacuating civilians from the devastated city of Mariupol for more than two months

Ukraine has gradually been evacuating civilians from the devastated city of Mariupol for more than two months

Nikolai Pavlov, a 74-year-old retiree, said he had lived in a basement for a month after his apartment was destroyed. A relative using ‘secret detours’ managed to get him out of Mariupol to Berdyansk.

‘We barely made it, there were lots of elderly people among us … the trip was devastating. But it was worth it,’ he said after the convoy arrived in the dark.

An aide to Mariupol’s mayor had earlier said the convoy numbered between 500 to 1,000 cars, representing the largest single evacuation from the city since Russia’s invasion.

An aide to Mariupol's mayor had earlier said the convoy numbered between 500 to 1,000 cars, representing the largest single evacuation from the city since Russia's invasion.

An aide to Mariupol’s mayor had earlier said the convoy numbered between 500 to 1,000 cars, representing the largest single evacuation from the city since Russia’s invasion.

Only the port city's vast Azovstal steel works is still in the hands of Ukrainian fighters after a prolonged battle

Only the port city’s vast Azovstal steel works is still in the hands of Ukrainian fighters after a prolonged battle

Families were seen arriving to safety on Saturday in Zaporizhzhia, a city in south-east Ukraine

Families were seen arriving to safety on Saturday in Zaporizhzhia, a city in south-east Ukraine

Russia's war in Ukraine is close to entering its fourth month after Putin's forces invaded on February 24

Russia’s war in Ukraine is close to entering its fourth month after Putin’s forces invaded on February 24

Iryna Petrenko, 63, said she had stayed initially to take care of her 92-year-old mother, who subsequently died.

‘We buried her next to her house, because there was nowhere to bury anyone,’ she said. For a time Russian authorities had not allowed large numbers of cars to leave, she said.

Only the port city’s vast Azovstal steel works is still in the hands of Ukrainian fighters after a prolonged battle.

‘My parents’ house was hit by an aerial strike, all the windows got blown out,’ said Yulia Panteleeva, 27, who along with other family members had been absent.

‘I can’t stop imagining things that might happen to us if we stayed at home,’ she said.

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