Only 7,000 Ukrainians were able to escape the besieged cities
A total of 7,144 people were evacuated from four Ukrainian cities on Friday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a televised address.
Zelenskiy accused Russia of refusing to let people out of the besieged city of Mariupol and said Ukraine would try to deliver food and medicine there again on Saturday.
Ukrainian authorities said that nearly 40,000 people left some cities through humanitarian corridors on Thursday, of the 35,000 who fled on Wednesday.
Zelenskiy said residents of Chernihiv, Energodar, Hostomel and Kozarovichi managed to escape on Friday.
Authorities earlier said the situation in Mariupol was critical as Russian forces tightened the noose around the Black Sea port city and the death toll from shelling and a 12-day blockade reached nearly 1,600.
Residents of Mariupol, a strategically important city of more than 400,000 people in peacetime, have been without electricity or water for more than a week.
“The Russian army did not let our aid into the city and continues to torture our people … tomorrow we will try again, try again to send food, water and medicine.” Zelensky said.
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