- 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 Mr Zelensky, speaking with Emmanuel Macron on Friday.
- a convoy of International Committee of 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.
- The Kiev region was completely liberated from “the intruder”says Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar on Facebook.
- Russian troops regroup to focus now on the east of the countrywhere they will face a seasoned 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.
- 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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