. 600 civilians died in March theater bombing in Mariupol; Zelenskyy says Russian advance halted « JO LEE MAGAZINE

USA Today – Evidence suggests close to 600 civilians died in the Russian airstrike on the Mariupol drama theater on March 16 that horrified the world and helped galvanize support for Ukraine’s effort to repel the invasion.

The theater had been used as a bomb shelter in the early days of Russia’s siege of the port city and had large warnings visible from the sky reading, “children.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed “nonsense” media reports that President Vladimir Putin might formally declare war on Ukraine on May 9, when Russia celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, and announce a broad mobilization.

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