Turkey evacuates over 13,700 citizens from Ukraine since start of war

Turkey has so far evacuated 13,719 Turkish nationals from Ukraine amid Russia's ongoing invasion, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said late on March 10.

People look at the damage following a rocket attack the city of Kyiv in this file photo.

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Turkey has evacuated 13,719 citizens from Ukraine since Russia launched a war on its neighbor, the Turkish foreign minister said on March 10. 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter that an additional 125 citizens had set out from Ukraine on March 10. 

Çavuşoğlu said citizens were coming to Turkey from Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro and Kremenchuk.

Since Russia began its war against Ukraine on Feb. 24, it has drawn international condemnation, led to financial sanctions on Moscow and spurred an exodus of global firms from Russia.

At least 549 civilians have been killed and 957 others injured in Ukraine since the beginning of the war, according to UN figures. But the international body has maintained that conditions on the ground have made it "difficult to verify" the true number of civilian casualties.

More than 2.3 million people have also fled to neighboring countries, said the UN refugee agency.