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Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Mar 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-11 07:08:10-05

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its third week, Vladimir Putin approved bringing “volunteer” fighters from the Middle East and elsewhere to join the war.

Russian forces appeared to be expanding their offensive on Friday and striking new areas in western Ukraine.

As the war grinds on, Ukraine says 100,000 people were evacuated over the past two days in a total of seven cities in the north and center of the country.

The humanitarian corridors were agreed to by Russia and Ukraine.

More evacuations are expected Friday, though repeated attempts to reach the besieged city of Mariupol in the south have failed amid continued Russian shelling.