The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would make a renewed attempt to evacuate residents from the war-torn port city of Mariupol on Saturday, after citing “impossible” conditions a day earlier. Its teams were “on the move” from Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol, a spokesman told The Post early Saturday. Roughly 100,000 people remain trapped there, according to Ukrainian officials.
Russia appears to be pulling back troops stationed in the Kyiv area, as Ukrainian forces slowly regain control of villages to the east and northwest of the capital, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s withdrawal in the north was “slow but noticeable.” But Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych told national television that Ukrainians should prepare for “difficult fights” ahead in Mariupol, and the south and east of the country. Britain also warned of looming clashes in second-largest city, Kharkiv.
Here’s what to know
- The death toll from a missile strike that hit a main government building in the city of Mykolaiv this week has risen to 32, the governor of the southern Ukrainian region said.
- A Ukrainian photojournalist Maksym Levin was found dead on the northern outskirts of the capital, Kyiv, the country’s prosecutor general said Saturday, at least the sixth journalist killed covering Russia’s war on Ukraine.
- Eighty-six Ukrainian service members, including 15 women, from the Zaporizhzhia region were freed in a prisoner exchange with Russian forces, Ukrainian officials said. They did not disclose the number of Russians who were released.
- The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for update
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