Live updates: Russia was in Ukraine

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Russian forces launched attacks on several objectives that appear to be related to the transport of military equipment to Ukraine. They included three railway substations damaged by missile attacks in the western city of Lviv, a local official said.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army has released videos showing the destruction of Russian military vehicles in the eastern Donetsk region Other in the Kharkiv Oblast as well as an attack on an apparent Russian military position on Snake Island in the Black Sea.

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Four evacuation corridors are planned: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, announced on Wednesday four evacuation corridors planned for the city of Zaporizhzhia “if the security situation permits”. They will allow evacuation from Mariupol, Lunacharske Circle, Tokmak and Vasylivka, Vereshchuk said. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address on Tuesday that 156 people had arrived in Zaporizhzhia from the defeat Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol.

Visit to Mariupol by a senior Russian-backed official: Denis Pushilin, the leader of the Russian-backed breakaway Donetsk region, became the first known high-ranking official – backed by Russia or Russia – to visit the defeated Ukrainian city, according to photos posted on his Telegram channel. The visit is the first major sign of Mariupol’s impending russification.

At least 290 civilian bodies found in Irpin by the Russian retreat: The bodies of 290 civilians were recovered in the city of Irpin, outside Kiev, from the withdrawal of Russian forces, Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushin said Tuesday. Markushin said 185 of the dead have been identified and most were men. “Shrapnel and gunshot wounds” were the causes of death.

The US hopes to attract highly skilled Russians: US President Joe Biden he asked the United States Congress to change the immigration and nationality law to make it easier for highly educated Russians Get visas to work in the United States. Tens of thousands of highly educated Russians have he reportedly fled Post-war Russia and the US administration hope to take advantage of this brain drain, officials said.

The Biden administration says it will not allow Russia to “co-opt” Victory Day: Amanda Sloat, senior director for Europe at the White House National Security Council, told CNN that the Biden administration does not want to allow Putin to “co-opt” Monday’s Victory Day by tying it to the invasion of Ukraine. She refused to weigh intelligence by pointing Putin can use the vacation to garner support for its invasion of Ukraine, including possible steps to formally declare war on its neighbor or annex the Donbas and Luhansk regions.

Two-hour phone call between Macron and Putin: French President Emmanuel Macron had a phone call with Putin which lasted more than two hours, the Elysee Palace said Tuesday. Macron warned Putin of the consequences of the war and called for an end to the “devastating aggression,” he said. Macron also “expressed his deep concern for Mariupol” and the situation in the Donbas region.

Israel-Russia diplomatic dispute: On Tuesday, Russia accused Israel of supporting “the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev,” raising the stakes in a diplomatic dispute between Moscow and the Jewish state over Ukraine, anti-Semitism and Adolf Hitler. The indictment potentially increases pressure on Israel, which voted at the United Nations to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine but has not fully adhered to Western sanctions against Moscow or supplied Ukraine with weapons.

The US classifies WNBA player as “wrongfully detained” in Russia: The US State Department has now classified WNBA player Brittney Griner as being wrongfully detained in Russia and her case is now being handled by the office of US Presidential Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens, he confirmed to the CNN a State Department official. The SPEHA office guides and coordinates diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Americans unjustly detained abroad. It played an important role in security American Trevor Reed’s exit from Russia last week.

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