As Friday draws to a close in kyiv and Moscow, here are the key events of the day:
Ukrainian forces inside the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol continue to resist. United Nations aid workers are pushing to evacuate more people from bunkers and tunnels inside the plant, saying 50 more civilians, including 11 children, were rescued in the latest operation.
The United Nations Security Council issued its first statement on Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24. Members of the Security Council, which includes Russia, reached an agreement to express “deep concern for the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine” as well as “strong support” for efforts to find “a peaceful solution “.
The global human rights group Amnesty International said it has documented war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. In a new report based on an “extensive on-the-ground investigation,” the group cited illegal attacks and deliberate extrajudicial killings of civilians in the region northwest of kyiv. Russia has denied all those accusations. Amnesty alleged that the shootings, torture and other crimes were “part of a pattern” in the areas controlled by Russian forces.
Blocked ports and transportation disruptions have trapped almost 25 million tons of grain exports in Ukraine. according to a UN food agency official. This is one of the key reasons why global food prices hit an all-time high in March, although new data shows they eased slightly in April.
First Lady Jill Biden will spend Mother’s Day along the border between Slovakia and Ukraine, meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who fled their country after the Russian invasion. During a four-day visit to Romania and Slovakia, he will also tour schools that have taken in Ukrainian refugees and meet with US troops stationed along NATO’s eastern flank.
How a huge steel plant became the center of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.
What is a good word for the reception and medical care provided to Ukrainian refugees in Europe? “Generous.”
Ukrainian farmers fight back as Russian forces wreak havoc, blowing up fields and stealing equipment.
You can read more daily summaries here. For context and more detailed stories, you can find NPR’s full coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR state of ukraine Podcast for updates throughout the day.