10 things you need to know today: April 10, 2023

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1. Russia shells Ukrainian cities despite Easter calls for peace

Russian forces on Sunday continued shelling several cities in Ukraine's industrial east, as well as in Kharkiv province in the northeast and Zaporizhzhia in the southeast, despite Easter pleas for peace from Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The shelling killed at least seven civilians, Ukrainian officials said. Zaporizhzhia, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, is one of four Ukrainian provinces Moscow illegally annexed in September, but Russian forces have been unable to drive out Ukrainian troops. The war's longest battle has centered on Bakhmut, a city in Donetsk. Russian forces and Wagner mercenaries have reportedly made it to the city's center after more than eight months of fighting, but Ukrainian troops continue their resistance in the high-attrition fight.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.