Ukrainian Firefighters Battle Blaze in Kharkiv

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Firefighters work to extinguish the fiery remains of a building in Kharkiv, Ukraine. MORE: Russia renewed shelling Tuesday of Ukraine’s besieged southern port city of Mariupol, where 200 civilians are trapped in the Azovstal steel plant even as the United Nations said that 101 people had been safely evacuated from the site. Russia’s RIA news agency reported that the country’s defense ministry said its forces were destroying Ukrainian firing positions after Kyiv’s troops “took advantage” of a U.N.-brokered ceasefire to create new redoubts while the evacuation of an initial group of civilians was occurring over the last few days. A police official told the public broadcaster Suspine that Russian forces have begun trying to seize the plant with its labyrinth system of tunnels and bunkers, the last Ukrainian-held site in Mariupol. A deputy commander of the Azov regiment holed up in the steel works said Russian aircraft bombed the site overnight. Meanwhile, Russia launched attacks on other parts of eastern and southern Ukraine, targeting advanced Western military hardware that the U.S. and its allies have shipped to Ukraine to help Kyiv’s forces in their fight against Russia’s 10-week invasion. Osnat Lubrani, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, said she was “pleased and relieved” that the 101 civilians, including older men and women and children, had been evacuated from Azovstal plant, and were joined by another 58 from Manhush, a town on the outskirts of Mariupol. The U.N. official said 127 people had been transported to the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhzhia, about 230 kilometers northwest of Mariupol, where they are receiving initial humanitarian assistance and health care. (Reuters/VOA) » Subscribe to VOA News: » Watch more VOA News video: Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:
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