Rescuers search theater rubble as Russian attacks scour the city of Mariupol

'We are trying to survive somehow. My child is hungry. I don't know what to give him to eat.'


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March 17, 2022 - 4:32 PM

A woman kisses the forehead of a Ukrainian soldier during a funeral Wednesday, March 16, after being killed at the International Training Center by a Russian missile in Starychi, Ukraine.(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Rescue workers searched for survivors Thursday in the ruins of a theater blown apart by a Russian airstrike in the besieged city of Mariupol, while scores of Ukrainians across the country were killed in ferocious urban attacks on a school, a hostel and other sites.

Hundreds of civilians had been taking shelter in the grand, columned theater in central Mariupol after their homes were destroyed in three weeks of fighting in the southern port city of 430,000.

More than a day after the airstrike, there were no reports of deaths. With communications disrupted across the city and movement difficult because of shelling and other fighting, there were conflicting reports on whether anyone had emerged from the rubble.

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