Still, Serhiy Taruta, a Ukrainian politician, described some “good news” as he said many were starting to emerge alive from the rubble. A lawmaker from Odessa said on Telegram that a bomb shelter in the basement of the theater had withstood attacks and “people are coming out of the shelter alive and well!” Details were still emerging and casualty numbers remain unclear.
Mariupol, which has been a site of continued devastation, is among several cities in Ukraine weathering a severe assault as Moscow’s military advances have been slowed or thwarted and its forces pound cities from afar. New satellite images, of cities such as Kharkiv and Sumy, have revealed landscapes of flattened buildings or neighborhoods on fire. In the northern city of Chernihiv, where heavy fighting has been ongoing for weeks, morgues on Wednesday received the bodies of at least 53 civilians killed by Russia, a local official said.