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Ukraine says 300 died in theatre attack, hunger grips cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) :

About 300 people were killed in the Russian air strike last week on a Mariupol theatre that was being used as a shelter, Ukrainian authorities said Friday in what would make it the war’s deadliest known attack on civilians yet

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) :

About 300 people were killed in the Russian air strike last week on a Mariupol theatre that was being used as a shelter, Ukrainian authorities said Friday in what would make it the war’s deadliest known attack on civilians yet.

Meanwhile, it what could signal an important narrowing of Moscow’s military objectives, the U.S. said Russian forces appear to have halted, at least for now, their ground offensive aimed at capturing the capital, Kyiv, and are concentrating more on the fighting for control of the Donbas region in the country’s southeast – a shift the Kremlin seemed to confirm.

LIBERATION OF DONBAS Col. Gen Sergei Rudskoi, deputy chief of the Russian general staff, said that the main objective of the first stage of the operation – reducing Ukraine’s fighting capacity – has “generally been accomplished,” allowing Russian forces to focus on “the main goal, liberation of Donbas“.

The Donbas is the largely Russian-speaking eastern part of the country where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014 and where many residents have expressed support for Moscow.

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