This page recaps the news from Ukraine on Tuesday, May 24. Follow here for the latest updates and news from Wednesday, May 25, as Russia’s invasion continues.

The decomposing bodies of 200 people were found in the basement of a bombed-out apartment building in battered Mariupol, authorities said Tuesday, marking the latest in a series of dismal discoveries since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began three months ago.

Mayoral adviser Petro Andryushchenk said local residents had refused Russian demands to collect the bodies of the dead, so Russia’s Ministry of Emergencies left the bodies amid the rubble. 

Mariupol has been left in ruins by weeks of missile attacks. Last week the last Ukrainian fighters surrendered, giving Russia complete control of the city that was home to 450,000 people before the war. An estimated 100,000 remain. Mayor Vadym Boychenko claims the Russian bombardment of the city killed thousands of civilians.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of attempting to inflict as much death and destruction as possible on his country.

“There has not been such a war on the European continent for 77 years,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly address.

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Latest developments:

►Denys Prokopenko, the top military commander who fought at the steel mill until last week to keep Ukrainian control of the southern port city of Mariupol, is alive in Russian-controlled territory, his wife said Tuesday after they had a brief phone conversation.

►The U.S. will close the last avenue for Russia to pay its billions in debt to international investors on Wednesday, making Russia’s first default on its debts in more than a century all but inevitable. The Treasury Department said it does not intend to renew the license for Russia to keep paying its debtholders through American banks.

►Ukrainian authorities have informed Cyprus about Ukraine’s seizure of $420 million worth of shares and securities linked to the island nation that belong to a Russian billionaire and other businessmen. Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova identified the billionaire as Mikhail Fridman of Alfa Bank.