Latest news about the war in Ukraine:
Kyiv, Ukraine – Authorities in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, said the Russian army had bombed an art school where about 400 people had taken refuge.
On Sunday, authorities said the building was destroyed and people may be under the rubble. There was no information about the victims at first.
Russian forces also bombed a theater in Mariupol on Wednesday where civilians were sheltering. Authorities said 130 people had been rescued, but many were still under the rubble.
Mariupol, a strategic city on the Sea of Azov, is surrounded by Russian forces who cut off energy, food and water supplies and continue to bombard.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, on Sunday, that the siege of Mariupol will go down in history because of what he described as war crimes committed by Russian forces.
Kyiv – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday ordered the suspension of activities of 11 political parties linked to Russia.
The largest was the Opposition Platform for Life, which holds 44 out of 450 seats in the national parliament. Its leader is Victor Medvedchuk, who has friendly relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.
Also on the list is the Nashi party, led by Yevni Murrayev. Before the Russian invasion, the British authorities had warned that Russia wanted to install Murrayev at the head of the Ukrainian government.
“Due to the large-scale war waged by the Russian Federation and the relations between it and some political structures, the activity of a number of political parties is suspended during the period of martial law,” Zelensky said in a video message in the early hours of Sunday morning. . The president added that “the activities of politicians aimed at sedition and cooperation will not succeed.”
Zelensky made his announcement after agreeing to martial law banning parties linked to Russia.
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