Happy Wednesday! We want to thank those of you who tried to tune into Dispatch Live last night for bearing with us through our continued technical difficulties. We’re optimistic we’ll be able to isolate the root of the problem by next week.
Hopefully you—like Steve—used your freed-up hour to catch the end of the most dramatic season finale in Bachelor history. [Editor’s note: Projection much, Declan?]
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Tuesday the number of confirmed civilian casualties in Ukraine has risen to 1,834, including 691 dead and 1,143 injured. Most of the casualties have been caused by missile strikes and shelling from heavy artillery, and the agency continues to believe the true figures are “considerably higher.” Several journalists covering the war have been killed in recent days as well, including Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, freelance filmmaker Brent Renaud, and Ukrainian reporter Oleksandra Kuvshinova. Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson shared the final message he received from Pierre: “I will effort to get as much of this on TV to help Ukrainians in every way possible. Keep Smiling.”
In his nightly address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday that Russia’s demands in ceasefire negotiations have become “more realistic” in recent days, but that “time is still needed for the decisions to be in Ukraine’s interests.” Tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been able to evacuate cities under siege through humanitarian corridors in the past 24 hours, he added. Zelensky is set to deliver a virtual address to Congress later this morning.