Breaking news: 22,000 residents killed in Mariupol, Ukraine

  • An adviser to the mayor of the now captured port city of Mariupol has said that officials believe at least 22,000 residents were killed during three months of war, but the actual number is likely far higher.
  • Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he is only willing to talk directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin and not via intermediators.
  • Zelenskyy says that Ukraine will fight until it has recovered all of its territory.
  • The head of Ukraine’s president’s office says Kyiv will not cede any territory to Russia and adds “there is only one way to prevent the war in Ukraine from escalating into a continental and even world war – to help Ukraine win”.
  • The governor of Luhansk claims the situation there is getting “worse with every hour” amid increased Russian shelling.