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UN says ‘safe passage operation’ ongoing from Ukraine steel plant

The Azovstal metallurgical plant is seen on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on February 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
The Azovstal metallurgical plant is seen on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on February 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

An operation is underway for civilians to leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, a UN spokesman said.

“UN confirms that a safe passage operation is ongoing in Azovstal steel plant, in coordination with the ICRC and the parties to the conflict,” spokesman Jens Laerke says.

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