‘Nothing left’ of Mariupol: Zelenskyy

A satellite image shows burning apartment buildings in Mariupol. [Maxar Technologies/Reuters]

Ukraine’s president has said the city of Mariupol has been razed to the ground in weeks of Russian bombardment.

“There is nothing left there. Only ruins,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said of the port city in a video address to the Italian parliament.

As he spoke, the city council said Russian forces had dropped two large bombs but gave no details of casualties or damage. It added Mariupol had turned into the “ashes of a dead land.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urges his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks, reiterates he is prepared to commit to not seeking NATO membership.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urges his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to hold direct talks, reiterates he is prepared to commit to not seeking NATO membership.