More than 3,000 cars transporting evacuees from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol have arrived in Zaporizhzhia, the head of the regional administration, Oleksandr Starukh, said on his Telegram channel.
Among the arrivals given shelter in the city were 772 children, he said.
Tuesday saw a significant increase in the number of cars able to make it out of Mariupol, which has been bombarded by Russian forces since March 1.
The city council advised residents looking to leave to travel west along the coast to Mangush and Berdyansk and then continue northwest to Tokmak, Vasylivka and Zaporizhzhia.
Zaporizhzhia attacked: Separately, Starukh said Russian forces had targeted two sites in Zaporizhzhia, including the city's railway station. He said these were the first civilian sites to be hit in the city, but there were no reports of any casualties.