Ukraine says Mariupol is in ruins, thousands trapped
STORY: Intense Russian airstrikes are turning the Ukrainian city of Mariupul into “ashes of a dead land,” the city council said on Tuesday. These satellite images, released by Maxar Technologies, show extensive damage to apartment and factory buildings in the South Harbor. town. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be trapped inside the buildings, without access to food, water or electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accuses Russia of thwarting attempts to create a stable humanitarian corridor. In a video address Tuesday night, he said peace talks with Moscow had been confrontational but were moving forward. “We continue to work at different levels to encourage Russia to move towards peace, to end this brutal war. Ukrainian representatives are participating in talks that take place practically every day. It is very difficult, sometimes conflicting. But step by step we are moving forward.” With the war now in its 28th day, Mariupol has become the center of attention. The port city lies on the Sea of Azov and its capture would allow Russia to unite areas in the east in hands of pro-Russian separatists. A Reuters team arrived in a Russian-seized part of the city on Sunday. They filmed a wasteland of charred apartment blocks and bodies wrapped in blankets dumped alongside a road. They also met people living in basements kyiv has accused Moscow of deporting residents of Mariupol and separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine to Russia.Moscow has denied targeting civilians and forcing people to leave, saying it is taking in refugees. Russia Vladimir Putin Calls Invasion A “Special Military Operation” Designed To Demilitarize Ukraine And Replace Its Western Leadership Continued Fighting Will Form Backdrop Of a new round of diplomacy this week. US President Joe Biden will visit Brussels and is expected to announce new sanctions against Russia. The Wall Street Journal reported that the US is preparing sanctions against more than 300 members of the lower house of the Russian parliament. So far, Russia has failed to capture any major Ukrainian cities with a quick offensive. That has led Western powers to worry that the conflict could escalate further, even to nuclear war.