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Heavy fighting in Mariupol

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The last Ukrainian defenders guarding the Azovstal steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol continue to face heavy fighting from Russian troops, which attempted to storm the plant. The massive mill covers roughly 4 square miles and is believed to be the last major pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the besieged port city. Mariupol has been under attack since the start of Russia’s invasion. 

Meanwhile, new reports suggest at least 600 people are presumed dead from airstrikes hitting a Mariupol theater in March. Officials had estimated 300. The total number of civilians killed during the fighting in Mariupol has been estimated to be more than 10,000, though a figure has not been confirmed.

Separately, the European Union’s top official proposed having EU nations phase out Russian imports of crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of 2022. The proposal would need approval from all 27 members of the bloc. About 25% of the EU’s oil supplies come from Russia. 

See updates on the invasion here.