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Local resident Sergei Shulgin, 62, stands in front of a block of flats heavily damaged in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments until my colleague Martin Belam in London takes the reins a little later.

Ten weeks into a war that has killed thousands, destroyed cities and driven millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes, Moscow is showing no signs of pulling back.

It is almost 8am in Ukraine. Here is everything you might have missed:

  • Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has confirmed 156 people who were successfully evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol arrived in Zaporizhzhia on Tuesday. Another 200 civilians were still trapped under the complex and approximately 100,000 remained in the city, said Mariupol’s mayor, Vadym Boichenko. Russian troops continued to shell and attempted to storm the Azovstal steelworks in violation of ceasefire agreements, the president said.
  • Russian attacks in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region killed 21 civilians and injured 27 on Tuesday, according to the regional governor. In a Telegram post, Pavlo Kyrylenko said it was the highest daily death toll in the region since an assault last month on a railway station in the town of Kramatorsk, which killed 50 people.
  • Four humanitarian corridors are planned from Mariupol to the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday “if the safety situation allows”, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, has announced.
  • Power substations in Lviv were hit by Russian missiles on Tuesday evening, according to the city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi. The strike reportedly injured one person.
  • EU sanctions intended to break “the Russian war machine” are imminent, the president of the European Council has said. A proposal to phase in a prohibition on Russian oil imports will be discussed by member state ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday. Divisions in the fraught negotiations have continued as some member states seek opt-outs.
  • Boris Johnson said “Ukraine will win” against Russia and “will be free” in an address to the Ukrainian parliament virtually on Tuesday. The British PM was the first world leader to address the Verkhovna Rada since the conflict began.
  • The head of the British armed forces has said he is surprised by the Russian failings in its military campaign. Admiral Sir Antony Radakin, chief of the British defence staff, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in London on Tuesday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was in charge and showed traits of an autocratic leader who was becoming increasingly isolated. “Their decision making rarely improves, and their decision making gets worse,” Radakin said, calling it a “shocking intelligence failure and it’s also an incredible arrogance.”
  • Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has passed a law that bans political parties that justify, recognise or deny Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine. The law will also ban parties who glorify or justify the actions of those carrying out armed aggression against Ukraine.
  • Vladimir Putin told France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, that “western countries could help stop the crimes of the Ukrainian military”. Putin is reported to have told Macron about the Russian approach to negotiations with Kyiv.
  • Putin signed a decree on retaliatory economic sanctions against the west. According to Reuters, the sanctions are in response to the “unfriendly actions of certain foreign states and international organisations”.
  • Russia has said it will boycott a UN security council meeting set for Wednesday with the EU’s political and security committee (PSC).
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is inflicting damage to the country’s infrastructure at a cost of $4.5bn (£3.6bn) a week. According to estimates compiled by the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), the damage has reached $92bn since the invasion began in February.
  • Men and boys are among the alleged victims of rape by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, where dozens of cases of sexual violence by the invading forces are already under investigation, UN and Ukrainian officials have said.
  • Pope Francis has said he requested a meeting Putin over Ukraine and compared the scale of the bloodshed to Rwanda’s genocide. Questioning the conflict’s causes, the pope spoke of an “anger” in the Kremlin which could have been “facilitated” by “the barking of Nato at Russia’s door”.
  • The Russian tycoon Oleg Tinkov, who previously condemned Moscow’s “insane war” in Ukraine, says he has been forced to sell for “kopecks” (roughly translating to “pennies”) his stake in Tinkoff Bank, which he founded. “Farewell Tinkoff Bank, Farewell Russia. I have nothing left in Russia,” he wrote on Instagram. “It is a pity that my country has finally slipped into archaism, paternalism and servility. There is no Russia, it was all gone.
Local resident Sergei Shulgin, 62, stands in front of a block of flats heavily damaged in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine.
Local resident Sergei Shulgin, 62, stands in front of a block of flats heavily damaged in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

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