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Russia has revealed for the first time that the goal of its invasion is to take “full control” of southern Ukraine as well as the eastern Donbas region and establish a land corridor connecting Russia to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed in 2014.
Fighting continued Friday in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Tavriya, Ukraine’s armed forces said, as Russia also launched air strikes on Mariupol.
Ukrainian officials say they have identified new mass graves outside the besieged southeastern port city. New satellite images support their claims.
Meanwhile, Putin has said the effort by Russian forces to capture Mariupol was a “success” but ordered troops to stop short of trying to storm the Azovstal steel plant, which is still held by Ukrainian forces.
No evacuation corridors were agreed upon in Ukraine Friday with the Russians due to “danger on the routes,” the Ukrainian deputy prime minister said.
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Meanwhile, civilians remain trapped in Ukrainian cities like Mariupol and Luhansk, with no new evacuation corridors established Friday. Mariupol’s mayor told CNN in an interview that “one clear day of cease fire” is needed to evacuate civilians sheltering in the Azovstal iron and steel plant in the besieged city.

Here are the latest developments on Russia’s war in Ukraine:

Russia’s land bridge ambition: Russia has revealed that the goal of its invasion of Ukraine is to take “full control” over southern Ukraine as well as the eastern Donbas region, and establishing a land corridor connecting Russia to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed in 2014. Ukrainian officials described heavy fighting throughout the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in addition to at least 20 injured in “intensified” shelling in the southern Mykolaiv region.
Mass graves: Ukrainian officials say they have identified mass graves outside the city of Mariupol. The claim is supported by photos collected and analyzed by US satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies that appear to show more than