Ukrainian officials say they can't comment on the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant being organized by the United Nations and the International Red Cross.
"The process [of evacuation] is ongoing. For now it is difficult to comment on it or talk about any results, as it has not finished yet," Pavlo Kyrylenko, Governor of Donetsk region, said on Ukrainian television late Friday local time. "When people are already on the territory controlled by Ukraine, when the first aid is provided to them and they are safe, then we will talk about numbers. Therefore, it's too early to comment on the second stage of the process."
Meanwhile, 25 people brought out of the Azovstal plant late on Friday afternoon appear to have been evacuated as part of a unilateral operation by Russian authorities. Videos of their departure from the plant and their arrival at a reception center in Russian-controlled territory showed no presence of UN or Red Cross vehicles.