Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchuk said Seven evacuation corridors along key routes are expected to open in Ukraine on Saturday, Announcing the corridors in a Facebook post Saturday, Vereshchuk said the list includes the route from the besieged southern city of Mariupol to the government-held city of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine.Private transport will travel along the evacuation route, stopping in Mangush, Berdiansk, Tokmak, Vasylivka and Kamyanske, before reaching the final destination of Zaporizhzhia.Iryna Vereshchuk announced in a video message on Friday evening that a convoy of 42 buses traveling from the southern city of Berdiansk, (carrying residents from the besieged city of Mariupol ) had managed to pass a key Russian checkpoint, and was enroute to Zaporizhzhia.
That convoy arrived in Zaporizhzhia later that night. Iryna said its a success sice the ukrainian government has try many effort to open the corridors from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia since March 5.
Over 6000 people were evacuated from ukrainian cities on friday, including over 1000 people who moved from the south in their own vehicles, using the evacuation corridors to Zaporizhzhia.
A route for buses and private vehicles from Berdiansk to Zaporizhzia is also expected to operate on Saturday, with stops planned in Tokmak, Vasylivka and Kamyanske.
Evacuation routes will also open from the city of Rubizhne in the separatist controlled region of Luhansk to Bakhmut in the eastern region of Donetsk, also controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
The remaining routes will operate from Nizhny to Bakhmut, Severodonetsk to Bakhmut, Popasna to Bakhmut and Lysychansk to Bakhmut.