Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Nancy Pelosi met Zelensky in Kyiv; Mariupol evacuation push resumes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accompanied by several other House Democrats met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on a surprise April 30 trip. (Video: Reuters)

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The United Nations resumed a “safe passage” operation Sunday to evacuate civilians from a steel plant in Mariupol that has been the last base for Ukrainian fighters and others in the besieged port city, according to a U.N. spokesman. About 100 civilians were being transferred to Ukrainian-controlled territory, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday.

On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a surprise trip to Kyiv with a congressional delegation, telling Zelensky that “our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.” The meeting with Pelosi, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, was disclosed by Zelensky on Sunday.

The evacuation of civilians from the steel plant in Mariupol has been a contentious issue as Russia seeks control of the port city, a strategic prize for President Vladimir Putin. For weeks, civilians who sought shelter at the sprawling facility have remained underground with dwindling supplies of food and medicine. A small group of women and children was allowed to leave the plant on Saturday.

Here’s what else to know

  • Fighting continues in the eastern city of Kharkiv, with local officials suggesting that Russia may be finally reducing the intensity of its airstrikes and artillery attacks after a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
  • Moscow’s recent actions in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson — where civilians are facing an Internet blackout and the implementation of a plan to use Russian currency — “are likely indicative of Russian intent to exert strong political and economic influence in Kherson over the long term,” according to a British intelligence update.
  • Europe is scrambling to respond to the energy crisis prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, after Putin cut off natural gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for refusing to pay in rubles.
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