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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.

Sunday, May 1. Day 67. By Daryna Antoniuk

More than 100 civilians were evacuated on Sunday from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. It is the first evacuation from Azovstal. Around 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children, are still trapped there.

Russians resumed the shelling of Azovstal in the evening of May 1.

The Ukrainian government will continue to evacuate people from Mariupol on Monday. About 100,000 people are still trapped in the city, which has been severely damaged by Russian shelling, missiles, bombs and attacks.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Kyiv with a congressional delegation on Saturday. She has become the most high-level U.S. official to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Zelensky had a four-hour meeting with Pelosi – they discussed U.S. assistance to Ukraine, including a lend-lease program and tougher sanctions on Russia.

More than 9,000 cases of war crimes are now under investigation in Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Iryna Venedictova. Experts from the U.K., France, Slovakia, and Lithuania will assist Ukraine in its investigations.

Russian military switched off a cellphone network and internet connection in some parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions on April 30. Russians disconnected the equipment of operators from the power supply and damaged fiber-optic trunk lines. Ukraine is now working to restore them.

Ukraine has decided to close the ports of Berdyansk, Mariupol, Kherson, and Skadovsk until it regains control over them, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure.

Around 5.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the UN.

Donetsk. Russian shelling on Sunday killed four and injured 11 residents in the eastern Donetsk region.

Kharkiv. Russian shelling in Kharkiv Oblast killed one civilian and injured two others. Russians also destroyed four buildings, damaged six houses and a church.

Mykolaiv. Russian troops destroyed nearly 600 kg of nitrate fertilizers stored in a warehouse in Mykolaiv region. No casualties have been reported and there is no chemical threat to the environment or nearby population.

Russian forces have exported several hundred thousand tons of grain from the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions. Nearly 1.5 million tons of grain are stored in these territories.

A military facility in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast caught on fire on Sunday, injuring one person. Earlier today a bridge collapsed in Russia’s Kursk Oblast. Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling regions bordering the country. Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.

Ukrainians return from Russian captivity with diseases and wounds caused by human rights violations, according to Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudswoman, Liudmyla Denisova. Among the released Ukrainians, many are severely injured, while some people suffer from sepsis and have had limbs amputated.

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