Ukraine war: Civilians in Mariupol steel mill 'begging to get saved'

Kateryna Hodza, 85, takes a bus from a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, April 29, 2022.
Kateryna Hodza, 85, takes a bus from a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, April 29, 2022. Copyright AP Photo/Francisco Seco
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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The situation inside the vast Soviet-era Avozstal steel plant has grown more extreme after Russia dropped a series of so-called “bunker buster” bombs and unguided munitions.

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The mayor of Mariupol says trapped civilians are "begging to get saved" from a vast Soviet-era steel complex which is the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in the southern port city. Russia has been hitting the plant, which has underground shelters, with so-called 'bunker buster' bombs. 

Ukraine had hoped to evacuate those civilians on Friday, along with the last remaining fighters, but officials say Russia is preventing wounded Ukrainian soldiers from leaving

Meanwhile a Ukrainian journalist is confirmed to have been killed in a Russian strike on the capital Kyiv which came during the visit of the UN Secretary General on Thursday. Ukraine's President Zelenskyy says the timing of the attack put a middle finger up to the United Nations. 

Read about Friday's events as they unfolded in our blog below:

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