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Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.

Friday, May 6. Day 72. By Daryna Antoniuk

Russian forces attacked an evacuation car heading to the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol with an anti-tank guided missile. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and six were wounded. The car was on its way to evacuate civilians trapped in Azovstal.

Almost 500 civilians have already been evacuated from Azovstal steel plant as of Friday, but many people are still hiding under the rubble there.

Russia withdrew most of its forces from Mariupol and redirected them to the north of Donetsk Oblast, according to Pentagon.

Russia lost another warship on Thursday, bringing its total number of losses at sea to 12. A Russian Admiral Makarov warship was reportedly hit by a Ukrainian Neptune missile in the Black Sea and has been badly damaged.

Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian foreign ministers arrived in Kyiv on May 6. At a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, they discussed further sanctions on Russia and EU candidate status for Ukraine.

“You are our closest and most reliable friends because you were the first to support Ukraine from the very beginning of this war,” Zelensky said.

Forty-one Ukrainians, including 28 soldiers and 13 civilians, were released in a new prisoner exchange with Russia, according to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

George W. Bush called Zelensky “the Winston Churchill of our time.” The 43rd President of the U.S. spoke with Zelensky via a video call on Friday. “Americans are inspired by the fortitude and resilience of Ukrainians,” Bush said. “We will continue to stand with Ukrainians as they stand up for their freedom.”

Russians killed 223 children in Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office.

The Dnipropetrovsk region was hit by Russian artillery and missile strikes overnight. No casualties were reported.

Russia launched an attack on Zaporizhzhia Oblast with artillery and airstrikes. This is the first time the region has experienced hostilities.

G7 leaders will hold a video conference with Zelensky on May 8. Zelensky will report on the current situation in the country.

Zelensky has invited German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit Kyiv on May 9, according to Reuters. Zelensky said it would be a powerful political step. Russia celebrates the Soviet Union’s WWII victory on May 9.

A painting by famous Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko was sold for $500,000 at a charity auction organized by the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation. It was purchased by a Ukrainian living overseas. All proceeds will go to Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Nearly two-thirds of EU citizens approve the financing of military equipment for Ukraine, according to a survey by the European Commission. Eight out of ten respondents also approve of economic sanctions against Russia.

Twenty-five million tons of Ukrainian grain aimed for export are blocked because of blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Around 700,000 tons of grain appeare to have gone missing, said FAO’s deputy director Josef Schmidhube, citing media reports that Russian troops were stealing grain and agricultural equipment from Ukraine.

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