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It has been two weeks since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and Russia’s high-tech army of nearly 200,000 soldiers has not taken control of any major cities, except the southern port of Kherson. The Ukrainian resistance has been too strong.
The state of the war is eerily stalled.
The Russians’ answer has been to encircle cities and, from a distance, bomb what they can’t control. Apartment buildings, factories, universities, hospitals — Russia’s hits have been indiscriminate.
Today, we hear dispatches on two cities in Ukraine’s south that are surrounded and under attack.
On today’s episode
Two weeks after the invasion began, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are without food, water or power. The Russians are increasingly resorting to indiscriminate shelling to help their forces advance.
The southern city of Mariupol is under a relentless barrage — there is no heat or electricity and little communication with the outside world.
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