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The busy schedules of those left behind in Ukraine

An estimated 2,000 private cars have been able to leave the besieged city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine on Tuesday, Mariupol’s city council said in a statement.

A further 2,000 vehicles were parked up on the main route out of the city as of 2 pm local time still waiting to leave, the statement added.

The departures took place despite the ongoing failure to formally establish safe corridors to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, which has been besieged since March 1.

A large convoy of humanitarian aid that was supposed to arrive on Sunday had still not reached the city as of Tuesday morning, according to officials.

In a message posted on its official Telegram channel, the city council advised residents to travel west along the coast to Mangush and Berdyansk and then continue northwest to Tokmak, Vasylivka and Zaporizhzhia.

The council advised people to remove messaging apps and photos from their phones ahead of the journey, to refrain from taking any photographs during the trip and avoid driving during the night.

On Monday, around 160 private cars managed to leave the city, the council said, adding that by 10 am local time, about 300 Mariupol residents made it to Zaporizhzhia, where they had received assistance.

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