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Evacuation of Mariupol’s Consulate General Has Begun

MARIUPOL – The evacuation of some of the staff at the Consulate General of Mariupol, as well as Greek citizens, has begun, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

A procession of vehicles, led Ambassador Fragkiskos Kostellenos, left Mariupol by road.
What’s the battle like on Ukraine’s southern front?

Russian strikes on Mariupol, a key southern port on the Azov Sea, seriously wounded several people. Separatist forces in Donetsk said they have established two corridors for the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, which suggests that a large attack on the city could be imminent.

Russian forces have blocked the port city of Kherson, according to Ukrainian officials. And they struck a military base in Okhtyrka over the weekend, killing more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers, the head of the region wrote on Telegram.

The overall death toll from the fighting remains unclear, but the attacks have taken a toll.

U.N. humanitarian coordinator Martin Griffiths said Tuesday that shelling and bombing have damaged pipes, electricity lines and basic services in Ukraine, and that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian families are without drinking water.

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