Refugees on the move inside Ukraine

Civilians’ evacuations in southern Ukraine

Hundreds of thousands of people remained trapped in Mariupol, the city in southeastern Ukraine that has been besieged by Russian troops since March 2.

The city and its surroundings are difficult for the media to access, with much of the information coming from residents sharing data.

An aide to Zelenskyy said about 20,000 people managed to escape the city on March 15 via an evacuation corridor. The previous day, Russian troops only allowed 160 private vehicles to leave and these have now reached the city of Berdyansk.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the situation in Mariupol “remains dire” and that it was not able to deliver aid to the city.

Meanwhile, a convoy of Russian forces was on the move from the Mykolaiv region towards Kherson, and they may be “preparing for a false flag operation involving shelling”, according to Vitaly Kim, head of the Mykolaiv regional state administration.

OSINT information and satellite imagery appeared to show substantial Russian naval forces, including landing ships, advancing on the Odesa area today. These data confirm the fears expressed by British military intelligence on March 14 that Russia has carried out a complete long-distance naval blockade of Ukrainian ports

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