NATO has officially declared Putin’s aggressions against Ukraine a war crime, and more and more information about the details of those crimes are becoming public. On Wednesday, local officials said a theater was bombed in the city of Mariupol by Russian military.
The Mariupol Drama Theater was being used as shelter for hundreds of civilians trying to evade Russia’s attacks. Mariupol deputy mayor Serhiy Orlov told the BBC that nearly 1,200 civilians were seeking shelter inside the building when it was hit.
The number of casualties remains unknown. Mariupol has been under attack and left without electricity, running water or basic necessities. Local officials have recorded over 2,500 deaths since the war began, although speculation is that the number is much higher.
The Associated Press has reported on horrific mass burial holes where citizens have to wrap up bodies in anything they can and dump then quickly in a mass grave in order to quickly get back to safety for themselves.
NEW: Russia has bombed the drama theater in Ukraine’s besieged city of Mariupol where 100s of civilians were seeking shelter from Russian attacks.
Here’s a photo of the aftermath from Mariupol Now. More than 2,500 civilians have been killed in Mariupol since Russia invaded pic.twitter.com/1wKGEs6z4n
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) March 16, 2022
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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