Russia announces Mariupol surrender, Biden calls invasion ‘genocide’
Shannon Longworth: It could be the first major Ukrainian city to fall.
A spokesperson for Russia’s defense ministry, announcing progress Wednesday in Mariupol.
They say more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops in the besieged city have surrendered.
Mariupol has been the site of some of the most devastating attacks on Ukraine since the invasion began — including attacks on a maternity hospital and a theater where civilians — including children — were hiding from the war.
There have also been accusations of chemical weapon usage in Mariupol, with the city’s mayor claiming Russia used them as recently as Monday.
Then there’s this accusation from President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away. Yes, I called it genocide because it has become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian.”
Shannon Longworth: Biden referred to the invasion as genocide for the first time Tuesday.
He had been hesitant to do so in the past — even when he was accusing Russia of war crimes.
His comments Tuesday — drawing praise from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy — who sent this tweet calling Biden a quote “true leader.”
The White House also announced today plans to send an additional 800 million dollars in weapons, ammo and other security assistance to Ukraine.