Thursday's Montreal Canadiens game played without fans in Bell Centre amid COVID-19 concerns

Montreal Canadiens players and coaching staff look on from the bench against a backdrop of empty seats during during second period NHL hockey action against the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Montreal Canadiens players and coaching staff look on from the bench against a backdrop of empty seats during during second period NHL hockey action against the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city.