New efforts by the Ukrainian government are underway to evacuate more civilians from Mariupol, which has seen intense shelling since the war began.
Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Vereschuk announced that a convoy of 45 large buses are on their way to take some of the roughly 100,000 people still in the city.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has confirmed that Russia would allow a humanitarian corridor for those fleeing Mariupol, but previous guarantees of humanitarian corridors were rebuked with bombs and shells targeted at the convoys leaving war zones.
Although some residents have escaped, every attempt previously to establish a ceasefire in the besieged city had collapsed after accusations of breaking the ceasefire from both sides.
Russia captures Mariupol, then they have a direct route from Crimea
to the eastern front.