"The results will be reported later," Yermak said.

Read here Mariupol: Zelenskyy asks UN for help

The United Nations said Thursday it hoped that a joint convoy from the UN and the International Red Cross would be able to evacuate more civilians from Azovstal Friday.

More than 300 evacuees from the Mariupol area arrived in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday.

Ukraine will continue to do everything to save all civilians and the military servicemen. Thank you UN for help,
Yermak said.

Separately, the Ukrainian military said early Friday that "the blockade of units of the Defense Forces in the Azovstal area continues. In some areas, the enemy has resumed assault operations with the support of combat aviation in order to take control of the plant."