The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday a ceasefire in the vicinity of the Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol, to carry out the evacuation of the wounded Ukrainian military.
The humanitarian corridor has been achieved after the Russian authorities have managed to reach an agreement "with representatives of the Ukrainian troops," according to the Ministry of Defense in a statement, reports the TASS agency.
The wounded soldiers will be taken to the city of Novoazovsk, in Donetsk, where they will be given medical treatment.
Hours later, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has reported that 53 seriously wounded soldiers have been rescued through a special operation and taken to a medical center in Novoazovsk, while another 211 "defenders" have been transferred to Olenivka.
This has been announced by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Hanna Maliar, who has explained that all these people will be taken home through a new exchange with the Russian authorities.
Regarding "the defenders" who still remain in the Azovstal area, Maliar has indicated that the Ukrainian special and security forces continue with the operation to get them out of there.
"The defenders of Mariupol have complied. Unfortunately, we do not have the opportunity to unlock Azovstal by military means. Now the most important task for Ukraine and the whole world is to save the lives of the defenders of Mariupol," Maliar stressed.