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Thousands more escape Mariupol; Red Cross evacuations stall


Key updates

Red Cross evacuations from Mariupol stymied, but thousands make it out

Dozens remain unaccounted for at Mykolaiv’s main government building

Russia accuses Ukraine of striking fuel depot in Belgorod

Tearful Ukrainians say they had no choice but to fleeUkrainians crossing the border into Medyka, Poland, described the conditions and Russian attacks that forced them to leave their homes. (Video: Reuters, Photo: Reuters)

By Dalton Bennett

Adela Suliman

Ellen Francis

Kim Bellware

Miriam Berger and 

Hannah Knowles

Yesterday at 12:19 a.m. EDT|Updated today at 6:26 p.m. EDT

DNIPRO, Ukraine — Thousands of residents from war-ravaged Mariupol were transported to Ukrainian-held territory by Friday evening, Ukrainian officials reported, even as the Red Cross said it was unable to reach the port city.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would try to reach Mariupol again this weekend after conditions Friday “made it impossible to proceed” with a major humanitarian mission. The ICRC had readied a nine-person team to help evacuate civilians as the Kremlin declared a cease-fire in the port city, where Ukrainian authorities have estimated as many as 100,000 people remained trapped in grim conditions.

Shelling destroyed much of Mariupol as a weeks-long Russian blockade severed the city from the outside world, raising alarms about dwindling resources.

Photos: Scenes from an evacuation route out of Mariupol

By Kenneth Dickerman6:01 p.m.

Wojciech Grzedzinski, a freelance photographer working on assignment for The Post, has been documenting the flight of people from the war-torn port city of Mariupol.

Grzedzinski said he had seen where a convoy had been shelled and people told him that they had seen burned cars along the evacuation route.

A column of private vehicles on the way out of Mariupol. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/For The Washington Post)

Vehicles follow each other out of Mariupol. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/For The Washington Post)

People in their cars on the way out of Mariupol. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/For The Washington Post)

The remains of a rocket sticks out of the road. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/For The Washington Post)

The remains of a car on the road. (Wojciech Grzedzinski/For The Washington Post)

86 Ukrainian service members freed in prisoner swap, officials say

By Kim Bellware5:38 p.m.

Eighty-six Ukrainian service members, including 15 women, from the Zaporizhzhia region have been freed in a prisoner exchange with Russian forces, Ukrainian presidential adviser Yulia Tymoshenko and Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced Friday.

Neither side disclosed the number of Russian prisoners released.

Russian and Ukrainian forces for weeks have engaged in intermittent prisoner swaps, including one in mid-March where Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov was freed in exchange for nine Russian conscripts. Fedorov said he was abducted by Russian troops and taken to the southeastern city of Luhansk, which is held by Russian separatists.

Oil prices fall after more countries authorize release of emergency reserves

By Aaron Gregg5:00 p.m.

Oil prices fell Friday after member nations of the International Energy Agency authorized the release of emergency oil reserves, joining with the United States. U.S. stocks, meanwhile, ushered in a new quarter, edging higher in choppy trading after the federal government released another robust jobs report.

The IEA said its decision, details of which will be made public next week, reflects the strain the Russian invasion of Ukraine has put on global energy markets. It also comes one day after President Biden announced plans to release 1 million barrels of crude oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — its biggest ever — to try to offset the loss of Russian oil from world markets, starve Russia of revenue and rein in gasoline prices.

On Friday, West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, hovered near $99.50 per barrel, down 0.8 percent. Brent crude, the global benchmark, dipped 0.1 percent, to roughly $104.50. Fuel prices remain elevated, with the U.S. average for a gallon of gasoline dipping to $4.21 on Friday, according to AAA. That’s 60 cents higher than a month ago and $1.34 more than a year ago.

Stocks climbed after the Labor Department said the economy added 431,000 jobs in March, bringing the unemployment rate to a pandemic low of 3.6 percent. That marks the 11th consecutive month in which job growth topped 400,000, which is considered to be a particularly strong pace.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed the day up 139.92 points, or 0.4 percent, to 34,818.27. The broader S&P 500 index added 15.45 points, or 0.3 percent, to settle at 4,545.86. And the tech-centric Nasdaq climbed 40.98 points, or 0.3 percent, to end at 14,261.50.

The three indexes fell sharply Thursday, with the Dow tumbling 550 points, to mark the end of the first quarter. The blue-chip index finished the three-month period 4.6 percent lower, while the S&P 500 shed 4.9 percent and Nasdaq lost 9.1 percent, according to MarketWatch.

Red Cross evacuations from Mariupol stymied, but thousands make it out

By Dalton Bennett and Hannah Knowles4:27 p.m.

DNIPRO — Thousands of people from war-ravaged Mariupol were successfully evacuated to Ukrainian-held territory Friday, Ukrainian officials reported, even as the Red Cross said it was unable to reach the port city.

Dozens of buses traveled Thursday to the outskirts of Berdyansk — a Russian-controlled city down the coast from Mariupol — to pick up refugees who had gathered there. On Friday, about 1,800 refugees arrived in Zaporizhzhia, several hours inland, on 42 buses, officials said. Thousands more people, mostly from Mariupol, traveled in private cars and were evacuated from territory held by Russian forces, according to Zaporizhzhia authorities.

About 6,200 refugees made it to Zaporizhzhia on Friday, they said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would attempt to reach Mariupol again Saturday after its major humanitarian mission Friday was stymied.

Three vehicles and nine personnel “had to return to Zaporizhzhia after arrangements and conditions made it impossible to proceed,” the ICRC said in a statement late Friday.

“For the operation to succeed, it is critical that the parties respect the agreements and provide the necessary conditions and security guarantees,” the ICRC said.

The Kremlin had declared a cease-fire ahead of the planned evacuations. Ukrainian authorities have estimated that as many as 100,000 people remained trapped in Mariupol in grim conditions, deprived of power, heat and communications and with critical shortages of supplies.

“The city remains closed to entry and very dangerous to leave in one’s own transport,” Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the Mariupol mayor’s office, said early Friday. “Our forecasts remain disappointing,” he said in a Telegram message. “We are working.”

Kim Bellware and Ellen Francis contributed to this report.

White House keeps focus on ‘aggressor’ Russia after Belgorod claims

By Eugene Scott3:59 p.m.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday sought to keep the focus on Russia’s aggression following claims by Moscow that Ukraine had attacked a Russian fuel depot.

Russian officials have accused Ukraine of carrying out a helicopter attack against a fuel depot in Belgorod, a city about 40 kilometers north of the Ukrainian border. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said it would “neither confirm nor deny” the attack on Russian territory.

“We have seen those reports,” Psaki said Friday. “We’re not in a position to comment on the Kremlin’s statements. I would note Ukraine has not made any statements or confirmation of these reports.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the alleged incident days after Ukrainian negotiators offered their Russian counterparts a detailed peace proposal was “certainly” an escalation.

But Psaki kept the focus on Russia, blaming President Vladimir Putin for starting the war.

“This is a war that President Putin started — a brutal war with Russia’s forces continuing to bombard cities across Ukraine and commit terrible acts of violence,” Psaki said. “We’ve seen the people of Ukraine fight valiantly in the face of unprovoked Russian brutality.”

“But there is one aggressor here: and that is President Putin and the Russian military at his direction,” she added.

U.S. providing Ukraine with protective equipment against chemical attack, Psaki says

By Mariana Alfaro3:38 p.m.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the United States is providing Ukraine with protective equipment against hazardous materials because of the threat of chemical attacks from Russia.

“The United States and members of the international community have, of course, repeatedly warned about the potential for Russia to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine,” Psaki told reporters during a news briefing.

Politico reported earlier Friday that the United States has granted Ukraine’s request for protective equipment against a possible chemical weapons attack from Russia.

Psaki said that, “in an effort to assist our Ukrainian partners, the U.S. government is providing the government of Ukraine with lifesaving equipment and supplies that could be deployed in the event of Russian’s use of a chemical and biological weapon against Ukraine.”

The support, Psaki emphasized, does not compromise the United States’ domestic preparedness.

Who is Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich?

By Sammy Westfall3:33 p.m.

Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich waits at Ben Gurion international airport in Lod, Israel, on March 14. (Reuters) (Stringer/Reuters)

Among soccer fans, Roman Abramovich is a household name. As the longtime owner of the English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club, the 55-year-old Russian businessman has transformed the association into a global powerhouse.

At the same time, Abramovich has worked to stay out of the spotlight, rarely giving interviews or posing for photos. In March, that posture was largely upended, as Western governments targeted Abramovich and other Russian oligarchs to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the silver-haired billionaire was spotted in Istanbul on the sidelines of peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, although his exact role in the talks remains unclear. Also this week, an associate of Abramovich’s said that he and other negotiators had fallen ill of suspected poisoning after a meeting in early March.

By Olivier Knox

Analysis: Zelensky is hugely popular in the U.S. But there’s a catch.

2:54 p.m.

President Biden could be forgiven for having a little job-approval envy toward Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds 72 percent of Americans have a lot of (33 percent) or some (39 percent) confidence in Zelensky to do the right thing in world affairs — better than any other national leader tied to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Zelensky’s sky-high standings follow his assertive courtship of the international community’s support for fending off Russian forces. He’s regularly photographed or filmed in a T-shirt or combat armor and has spoken to many legislatures, including the U.S. Congress, pleading for help as Moscow’s bombs lay waste to Ukrainian cities.

Digging into Zelensky’s robust public support in the United States, a couple of things stand out: Differences based on partisan affiliation and, especially, the age of the respondents.

The Ukrainian president does best with liberal Democrats, 83 percent of whom have confidence he’ll do the right thing in world affairs. Among those who identify as conservative or moderate, 78 percent. Among Republicans, Zelensky does better among conservatives (68 percent) than moderates or liberals (65 percent).

How about age? The older you are, the more likely you are to express confidence in him.

(to be continued)

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