evacuation of residents of Mariupol continues, seven humanitarian corridors are planned
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  • More than 6,200 people, including more than 3,000 residents of Mariupol, could be evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video broadcast from Friday to Saturday. More than 150,000 civilians are still trapped in the city under siege by the Russian army. “Europe has no right to remain silent about what is happening in our Mariupol”said Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking with Emmanuel Macron on Friday.
  • a convoy of International Red CrossMariupol, which was unable to reach Mariupol on Friday, will try again on Saturday to move to the port city to evacuate civilians gripped by a dramatic humanitarian situation.
  • Russian troops lose their grip on Kiev and regroup to focus on the east of the country, where they will face an experienced Ukrainian army, suggesting conflict “long term”, which could take months, the Pentagon warned. Washington plans to provide another $300 million in military aid to Ukraine.
  • an oil depot Belgorod, in Russia, was attacked by Ukrainian helicopters on Friday, according to the governor of the region; a move that will weigh on talks between the two countries, the Kremlin spokesman warned.
  • Ukraine announced on Friday that it had carried out an exchange of eighty-six of its soldiers, including fifteen women, against Russians, without specifying the number of the latter.
  • Roberta Metsola, the Maltese President of the European Parliament, went to Kiev and assured the Ukrainian Parliament, meeting in extraordinary session, of the support of the European institutions. She is the first leader of a European institution to visit the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
  • At least fifty-three cultural sites were damaged in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, according to UNESCO.
  • More than 4.1 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country since the invasion of Ukraine, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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