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Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (April 24)

KYIV, UKRAINE - APRIL 24: People pray during Easter church service at St. Michaels Golden-Domed Cathedral on April 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Orthodox Easter celebrations come as Ukraine marks two months since the start of Russia's February 24 invasion, a war that has killed untold thousands of civilians and soldiers. As Russia concentrates its attack on the country's east and south, Ukrainians elsewhere claim their dead and clean up the damage, striving for a semblance of normalcy in wartime. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)
People pray during an Orthodox Easter church service at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral on Sunday in Kyiv.

As Sunday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Ukraine's deputy prime minister announced plans for an evacuation corridor from the besieged city of Mariupol. Iryna Vereshchuk announced the attempt to evacuate women, children and the elderly. The push to evacuate Mariupol follows the Kremlin's claim that the military has captured the port city, but Russian forces have continued to face resistance.

Sunday was Orthodox Easter, and many Ukrainians marked the day with prayers for those who are trapped in places like Mariupol. At a service in the capital city of Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged people not to let anger at the war overwhelm them.

Russian forces called in airstrikes on the besieged Azovstal steel factory in Mariupol to try to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops holding out there, Ukrainian officials said. If Mariupol were captured, it would deprive Ukraine of a vital port, free up Russian troops to fight elsewhere, and establish a land corridor to the Crimean Peninsula.


NPR's Eyder Peralta followed a Ukrainian outfit searching for cluster munitions in the hopes of neutralizing them.

Earlier developments

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