A bomb hit the Drama Theater in Mariupol on Wednesday, where civilians were taking shelter. The death count is not yet known but is feared to be high.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a virtual speech to US lawmakers asking again for a no-fly zone over Ukraine and for more support.
Following Zelenskyy’s address to Congress, US President Biden announced the US will provide Ukraine with an additional $800 million in assistance, bringing the total assistance to $1 billion this week.
Biden also outlined the specific equipment the US plans to send to Ukraine. Russia continued its attacks on Ukrainian cities including Kyiv, Mykolaiv and Mariupol on Wednesday.
In a video address on Wednesday, Zelenskyy said that the positions of Ukraine and Russia at peace talks were becoming “more realistic.” US President Joe Biden prepares to travel to Brussels for a NATO summit meeting next week.