Ukrainian authorities reported limited success in securing the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from the worst affected areas on Friday.
Around Kyiv, volunteers and local authorities were able to help thousands more flee the worst-hit neighborhoods north and west of the city.
Despite heavy outgoing and incoming fire, more than 22,000 people were evacuated after three days from Vorzel, Hostomel, Bucha and Irpin districts, all of which suffered extensive destruction and are without electricity or water, Oleksiy Kuleba said, head of the Kyiv Regional Administration.
On Saturday, the administration “will create new routes to get to towns that we cannot yet reach to evacuate people,” Kuleba added.
Chief among them is the town of Borodianka, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of Kiev. It was shelled again on Friday as Russian forces continue their attempt to approach the capital from the north.
Meanwhile, an attempt to evacuate others from the town of Izium had been “disrupted by Russian occupiers”, Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synehubov said in a Telegram post.
“We have prepared 20 buses and humanitarian aid,” he said, adding that a “green corridor” had been agreed and organised, but due to shelling by the occupiers, it did not take place. never been launched.
The buses were bombed and barely managed to turn around and return safely. Evidence of shelling could be seen on the buses, he continued.
In central Ukraine, authorities reported the successful evacuation of more women and children from Enerhodar – which fell to Russian forces a week ago – and surrounding villages.
Most displaced people in this region are brought to Zaporizhzia before boarding trains to western Ukraine.
Mariupol efforts: Zaporizhzhia regional military administration chief Oleksandr Starukh said local priests joined forces to deliver an aid convoy to the beleaguered port city of Mariupol.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov described the situation in Mariupol as very difficult. He accused the Russians of bombing the city even during official negotiations.
Local authorities in Mariupol say nearly 1,600 people in Mariupol died as a result of shelling and airstrikes against the city.