Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Pelosi meets Polish president Duda; Mariupol evacuees expected in safer area

A family holds a burial service for 43-year-old Andriy Voznenko, who was taken from the village of Ozera by Russian soldiers on March 21. (Video: Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

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Today at 1: 05 a.m. EDT|Updated today at 1: 54 p.m. EDT

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ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — This Ukrainian-held city is awaiting the expected arrival of about 100 evacuees from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, setting up a reception center for those who faced a fraught journey to reach a safer location. After weeks of ceasefire talks, the UN-backed “safe passageā€ was established. The Donetsk region patrol chief said that Russia continues to shell the facility despite the agreement. One family from Mariupol told The Washington Post they passed through more than 20 Russian checkpoints over four days.

Following a surprise visit to Kyiv, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, offering “America’s deep gratitude to the Polish government and Polish people” for its aid to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s “brutal and unprovoked war.” Later this week, first lady Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Slovakia, where she will meet with displaced Ukrainian families; Kristina Kvien, the U.S. charge d’affaires for Ukraine, announced Monday that U.S. diplomats will resume limited activities, at first making day trips to Lviv from Poland before establishing a presence in Kyiv.

In Brussels, European Union energy ministers are meeting to discuss the energy crisis and debate a ban on imports of Russian oil. The talks were moving quickly Monday with Germany, which was still opposed to an embargo, indicating that it doesn’t depend anymore on Russian oil. However, Hungary and Slovakia — both more reliant on Russian oil — were holding up the deal with objections, according to officials.

Here’s what else to know

  • A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows a large, bipartisan majority supporting increased sanctions against Russia and most also backing military and humanitarian support for Ukrainians, with almost three-quarters saying the United States is doing the right amount or too little to support Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky downplayed attempts to have him assassinated, saying that many fellow Ukrainians have it worse.
  • In Belgorod, a Russian city near Ukraine’s eastern border, the regional governor said he was awakened early Monday by two explosions, the latest in a series of unexplained fires and blasts at strategic locations in Russia.
  • The Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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