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Evacuations in Mariupol fail as peace talks resume

Some progress had been made with Ukraine, but "peace talks inevitably have to continue," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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Fresh efforts to evacuate civilians trapped in an increasingly dire humanitarian crisis in the besieged port city of Mariupol failed Friday after a convoy of humanitarian workers was unable to get through.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it couldn't help civilians escape as local officials blamed a Russian blockade for preventing humanitarian deliveries and the use of an evacuation route from Mariupol to another city in southeastern Ukraine.

Peace talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives also resumed Friday by video, Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that some progress had been made on issues such as Ukraine coming closer to understanding that it wouldn't join NATO, but that "peace talks inevitably have to continue."

Meanwhile, a Russian official blamed a blast Friday at an oil depot in the city of Belgorod on an airstrike by Ukrainian helicopters. The claim marked the first instance of Russia accusing Ukrainian forces of launching an airstrike on Russian soil since the conflict began more than a month ago.

Footage verified by NBC News showed a large fire at the oil and natural gas fuel depot. However, NBC News could not independently verify the claim that Ukrainian forces were responsible, while Ukraine's defense ministry spokesperson declined to comment on the incident during a media briefing.

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