Ankara (Times Of Ocean)- Turkey is expecting the evacuation of its nationals from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol “today or tomorrow.”
Turkey’s foreign minister announced on Tuesday that Ankara has set to evacuate its citizens from the Ukrainian port city ‘today or tomorrow’.
Since the war began in Ukraine on Feb. 24, more than 14,800 Turkish citizens have been evacuated, said Mevlut Cavusoglu, adding that 300 to 350 Turkish citizens remain in the region.
Cavusoglu made the remarks at a joint press conference with Ivory Coast’s Kandia Camara.
The figures can vary from day to day, he said.
“We’ll continue and intensify our efforts to evacuate not only our citizens but also other civilians from the region,” the minister said.
He also said a bus would leave Odessa “today” for evacuation.
The National Defense Ministry of Turkey reported earlier Tuesday that as a result of coordination with the Russian Defense Ministry on the evacuation of Turks from Mariupol, Russia cleared mines from roads leading out of the city.
According to the sources, humanitarian corridors are still being opened and trucks and buses are allowed to enter the city.
The Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Mosque in Mariupol, where Russian shelling was recently seen nearby, he said it “has no shortage of food or drink.”
Cavusoglu said Sunday that the mosque remains intact.
According to a senior official of the Ukrainian President’s Office, more than 2,500 civilians have been killed in Russian army attacks on Mariupol.
The adviser to Ukrainian presidency Oleksiy Arestovych, however, emphasized Russian troops have been unable to capture the city yet.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, has drawn international condemnation, led to severe economic sanctions on Kremlin, and spurred an exodus of global firms from Russia.
So far, more than 636 civilians have been killed and 1,125 injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, and over 2.9 million people have fled throughout neighboring countries, according to UN estimates.