May 16, 2022, 13:43

120,000 Mariupol residents pass through Zaporizhzhia, over 6,000 stay — Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast

During the evacuation, 120,000 Mariupol residents have passed through Zaporizhzhia, and over 6,000 have stayed in the city, Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration, Oleksandr Starukh said at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine.

“We are the gates that let people arrive and recover before moving on to calmer regions  of central and western parts of Ukraine,” — Starukh noted.

According to him, the number of people coming to Zaporizhzhia has decreased in recent weeks. Right now, their numbers don’t exceed 1,000 people a day with 200-300 of them coming from Mariupol.

“For example, yesterday there were 238 people from Mariupol. These are the civilians trying to leave,” — Starukh explained.

The Head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration added that residents of Kherson, Melitopol and Berdyansk are also coming to Zaporizhzhia.

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