As the sun sets on Saturday in Ukraine, here’s what you need to know.
Evacuation efforts continue: Seven evacuation corridors were scheduled in Ukraine on Saturday, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, including the route from the besieged southern port city of Mariupol to the Ukrainian government-held city of Zaporizhzhia. In addition, an International Committee of the Red Cross team left for Mariupol on Saturday.
Turkey has also offered to evacuate people trapped in Mariupol.
More than 6,200 people were evacuated from Ukrainian cities on Friday, Vereshchuk said.
Attacks reported in eastern and central Ukraine: Russian forces targeted a major Ukrainian oil refinery in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk in a series of strikes Saturday morning, according to a spokesperson for the country’s military.
At least four people were injured by explosions amid protests against Russian occupation in the central Ukrainian town of Enerhodar, the country’s state nuclear power company Energoatom said.
Additionally, a Luhansk regional official said Russian forces had shelled people evacuating from towns that have seen heavy fighting. And the head of the regional military administration of Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region said Russian strikes had interrupted rail traffic and caused a fire.
Weapons delivery: Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom Andrei Kelin told Russian state news agency TASS that if Britain delivers long-range artillery weapons and anti-ship systems to Ukraine, they would be “legitimate targets” for Russian forces.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Saturday called on the US and its allies to deliver heavier weaponry to Ukraine as the Russian military shifts its campaign to focus on the east and south of Ukraine.
Photojournalist found dead: Ukrainian photojournalist Maksym “Maks” Levin, who worked for a number of major Western news outlets including Reuters and the BBC, was found dead with two gunshot wounds near Kyiv, the office of Ukraine’s attorney general said Saturday.
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