Ukraine War Update: Mayor urges Mariupol residents to leave

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Here are the latest updates from the war in Ukraine:

More than 200K Mariupol residents urged to leave

Mariupol mayor Vadym Boychenko is urging residents to leave the city. Boychenko appealed Wednesday to people who had already left Mariupol to contact relatives still in the city and urge them to evacuate. He said 200,000 people had already left the city, which had a pre-war population of more than 400,000.

Russia assaulted cities and towns along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of miles long and poured more troops into Ukraine on Tuesday in a potentially pivotal battle for control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories.

Japan revokes Russia’s most-favored-nation status

The stripping of Russia’s trade status is Japan’s latest move against Moscow and was part of a list of sanctions measures Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced last month that also included a decision to expel eight Russian diplomats and trade officials.

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The AP contributed to this report.

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