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Local officials say fewer than 100,000 remain, but Russia has struggled to complete a takeover that would deprive Ukraine of an important port while providing Russia with a land corridor to the Crimean peninsula and a staging area to send troops elsewhere in the country.USA TODAY ON TELEGRAM:Join our Russia-Ukraine war channel for latest updates to receive updates straight to yourLatest developments:►Finland and Sweden, two non-aligned European countries in close proximity to Russia -- Finland shares a border -- are expected to announce this week whether they'll pursue NATO membership.►Maria Alyokhina, the leader of the punk band Pussy Riot who was jailed at least seven times for her activism against Russia's repressive regime, escaped the country last month as Moscow police sought her, the New York Times reported.►About 14 million Ukrainians had been forced from their homes by the end of April, including more than 5.9 million who left the country, the United Nations said.►Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the shipment of a multimillion dollar aid package to Odesa, including medical supplies and body armor. Russian troops have reportedly taken heavy losses while gaining limited ground across Ukraine.Biden said Putin is a very calculating man who "doesn't have a way out right now, and I'm trying to figure out what we do about that."President Joe Biden’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told senators Tuesday she does not underestimate the task ahead if she is confirmed.“I would assess the challenge to be enormous,” Bridget Brink, a veteran foreign service officer, said at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Senators from both parties praised Brink’s background and called it urgent to get her on the job.“It's absolutely crucial that we get someone there,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.– Deirdre Shesgreen and Maureen GroppeSome analysts and Western officials braced for Russian President Vladimir Putin to ramp up attacks or declare victory in the war in Ukraine on the country's Victory Day, the nation's largest public holiday.

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