Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russian missile hits site near airport in west as fierce resistance stalls ground invasion

As Russia expanded its efforts, Ukrainian officials said roughly 1,300 people remained trapped in the basement of a theater struck Wednesday in the southern city of Mariupol. In the absence of significant territorial advances, Russia increasingly relies on sieges to wear down cities.

Here’s what to know

  • The United Nations has confirmed 816 civilian deaths, including the deaths of 59 children, while warning that the real tolls are almost certainly far higher.
  • The mounting death toll has forced President Volodymyr Zelensky to consider concessions to Russia in order to bring an end to the devastating conflict, said U.S. and European officials.
  • Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Bulgaria said they would expel a total of 20 Russian diplomats, in a sign of worsening relations between Russia and former Soviet and allied states.
  • Russia called a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to accuse the United States of conducting a biological weapons program in Ukraine — a claim that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker ruled “disinformation.”
  • French President Emmanuel Macron expressed “extreme concern” to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Mariupol.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall in Russia and Ukraine, giving readers unlimited digital access to our comprehensive coverage.

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