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Some civilians manage to flee Mariupol, but many remain trapped

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Some civilians manage to flee Mariupol, but many remain trapped

As evacuations take place, European leaders discuss how to respond to Russian threat of energy cut-off

Tom Balmforth

An operation to bring civilians out of the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol got under way on Monday but hundreds of people remained trapped in the Azovstal steelworks, the last stronghold of resistance to the Russian siege.

But people still stuck there were running out of water, food and medicine as Russian forces hemmed them into the industrial complex, where a network of bunkers and tunnels has provided shelter from weeks of Russian bombardment.

“The situation has become a sign of a real humanitarian catastrophe,” Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk said...

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