4 May 2022

First Mariupol steel plant evacuees reach safety

From Morning Report, 6:42 am on 4 May 2022

Tears are flowing in the Ukranian city of Zaporizhzhia, as the first bus-load of evacuees from Mariupol's steelworks arrives.

About 100 evacuees have taken their first glimpse of life outside the Azovstal complex's cold concrete walls, after two months trapped in bunkers underneath.

Their faces are awash with exhaustion - some are arriving with injuries, some are reuniting with family, and some are seeing sunlight for the first time in weeks.

But hundreds more remain trapped underneath the rubble of the steel plant - including dozens of children - as Russia resumes attacks on the site.

International Committee of the Red Cross spokesperson Christopher Hanger spoke to Susie Ferguson from Zaporizhzhia.