Here are some of the major developments from across the country:
Odessa: The region surrounding the port city will be under a curfew from the evening of May 8 until the morning of May 10 out of concern for Russia’s Victory Day celebrations, Ukrainian Col. Maksym Mikhailovich Marchenko said in a video message. Ukrainian officials have raised concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the occasion to declare a formal war with Ukraine.
Mariupol: About 50 people, including children and women, were evacuated Friday from Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in the besieged southern port, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Friday. While Ukrainian soldiers are still clinging to control of the metalworking plant, Russia has essentially leveled the city and taken over the city center.
Kyiv: There will be increased patrols around the capital, Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced in a Telegram post Friday, adding that authorities won’t implement a curfew. “In the coming days, there is a high probability of rocket fire in all regions of Ukraine,” Klitschko wrote. “Be aware and take care of your own safety!”
Kharkiv: Ukrainian forces defending this northeastern city have shifted to counterattacks against their Russian enemies, and as a result, are retaking territory. The Institute of War estimated Friday that Ukraine’s counteroffensive efforts north and east of the second-most populous Ukrainian city may push Russian forces out of artillery range “in the coming days.”