Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Pelosi meets Polish president Duda; Mariupol evacuees expected in safer area

Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Pelosi meets Polish president Duda; Mariupol evacuees expected in safer area

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A family holds a burial service for 43-year-old Andriy Voznenko, who was taken from the village of Ozera by Russian soldiers on March 21. (Video: Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

May 2, 2022|Updated yesterday at 12:58 a.m. EDT

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With Russian forces stalled and frustrated in the Donbas region, U.S. officials warned Monday that Moscow could soon annex more Ukrainian territory, beginning with its occupied land in the east and possibly stretching south to the city of Kherson.

The planned annexations will include sham referendums in the separatist-backed parts of Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, along with the area around Kherson, said Michael Carpenter, the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The move to formally seize control of the regions would come as U.S. defense officials assess Russia’s progress elsewhere in Donbas as “minimal” and “anemic.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainians anxiously awaited news of the first convoy of civilian evacuees from a surrounded steel plant in Mariupol, which has for weeks suffered under a relentless Russian siege.

Here’s what else to know

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to address Ukraine’s Parliament via video link on Tuesday.
  • Russia appears to have resumed its shelling of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, the chief of a regional police force said.
  • Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) condemned comments by the Russian foreign minister, saying he used “antisemitism to defend his nation’s action.”
  • The European Union is close to a deal on phasing out Russian oil imports, officials said.
  • A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a large, bipartisan majority supporting increased sanctions against Russia.
  • The Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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