Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides continue to insist they are not targeting civilians in Ukraine. They also say it isn’t a war. One way to respond to such claims is to let photographs speak for themselves.
In Friday’s curation, our first close-up view of the Mariupol theater, where more than 1,000 civilians were sheltering when the Russians bombed the theater Wednesday. At least 130 civilians have been pulled safely from the shelter; Friday, a Ukrainian official said more than 1,000 are still trapped under the rubble. Hundreds are feared dead.
Also seen here: children evacuated from Mariupol receive urgent care; in the capital, Kyiv, civilians take shelter underground; and above ground, Russian strikes damaged more residential buildings and schools.
In Odessa, a child plays as the city girds for a Russian assault; and 400 miles to the northwest, in Lviv, 109 empty strollers were lined up outside the city council in memory of the 109 children known to have perished in the war to date.
And there was Putin himself, in a rare public appearance, marking the eight-year anniversary of another military operation — his annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula — and repeating for a Moscow crowd the false claim that the Ukraine invasion was meant to prevent “genocide.”