EFEInternational Desk

More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated on Monday from the Azovstal steelworks in the besieged city of Mariupol after more than 80 days of bombardment, the country's Ministry of Defense reported.

Of the total, 53 seriously injured soldiers were evacuated to a medical center in Novoazovsk for medical treatment, and another 211 people were taken to Olenivka through the humanitarian corridor, Ukraine's Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said in a statement.

"As for the defenders who still remain in the territory of Azovstal, rescue efforts are being carried out by the joint efforts" of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the Border Guard Service, she added.