After more than 7,000 people fled from the Russia-Ukraine Crisis on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claims that about 100,000 people are still trapped in the wreckage of Mariupol.
The southern port city is described by Human Rights Watch as a “freezing hellscape riddled with dead bodies and destroyed buildings.”
US President Joe Biden is traveling to Europe, warning of a “serious threat” that Russia may use chemical weapons.
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A top US official also said that fresh penalties will be imposed on Russian “political figures” and rich elites connected to Putin.
Moscow slams “absurd” US suggestions that companies should be better protected from Russian cyberattacks.
According to the Pentagon, Ukrainian forces have been able to retake some territory against invading Russian forces in several regions in recent days.
In four weeks of fighting in Ukraine, NATO estimates that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have died, despite robust opposition from the country’s defenders, depriving Moscow the swift outcome it expected.
In comparison, Russia lost approximately 15,000 troops in Afghanistan over a ten-year period.