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As Mariupol faces a Russian onslaught, the hope for negotiations becomes murky

By Loveday Morris, Dan Lamothe, Annabelle Timsit and Kareem Fahim

20 Mar 2022 · 7 min read

DNIPRO, Ukraine - Intense fighting spread Sunday into all neighborhoods in the southern port city of Mariupol, officials said, thrusting Russian and Ukrainian forces into pitched battles as Russia tries to claim its first strategic victory since invading even as its advance remains stalled in most of the country.

The urban combat included the bombing by Russian aircraft of an art school that was sheltering 400 people, according to Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko. Communications in the city largely have been cut, and industrial areas linked to the city's steel production have become a major battlefield, said Lt. Col. Sergiy Bachynskyj, a spokesman for the military hospital in Dnipro, a city about 200 miles northwest of Mariupol.

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