Explosions rock Lviv in west as Mariupol fights ‘to the end’

Russian strikes on the rocky city of Lviv, considered a refuge from war

LVIV, Ukraine – Monday morning’s attack on Lviv, which local officials say killed at least seven people, marked a deadly extension of Russia’s war in a city that has become a haven for thousands of people fleeing further east as well as major supply and logistics. center.

It served as a grave reminder that Russian forces would continue to threaten all of Ukraine even as the Kremlin refocused its military campaign on the east of the country.

NBC News heard two of the missile strikes and saw two more, but did not verify the number of people killed or the number of missiles used. The first indication of the missiles was the sound of the jets, which was unusual as few planes had flown over the city since the start of the war. The missiles sounded almost like two planes falling from the sky until dull explosions could be heard and smoke poured from the explosion sites.

Emergency services worked quickly to put out the fires, although the sudden sense of unease caused by the strikes persisted.

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MoD says Siege of Mariupol slows Russian advance

LONDON — Britain’s Ministry of Defense says the continued siege of Mariupol is pinning down Russian forces and slowing its advance ahead of a planned major offensive in eastern Ukraine.

In a daily intelligence update, the British Army says “concerted Ukrainian resistance has strained Russian forces and diverted men and materiel, slowing Russia’s advance elsewhere.”

The Sea port city of Azov has been devastated in weeks of Russian strikes. Britain says “large areas of infrastructure have been destroyed” and that there are “significant” civilian casualties.

Britain accuses Russia of using similar all-out war tactics against civilian areas it has deployed in Chechnya and Syria, despite Russian claims at the start of its invasion “that Russia would not hit cities or threaten the Ukrainian people”.

Moscow says 20 Ukrainian military targets hit in recent strikes

MOSCOW — The Russian military claims to have hit more than 20 Ukrainian military targets with missiles.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday that precision-guided air-launched missiles destroyed 16 military installations, including five command headquarters, a fuel depot, three ammunition depots and concentrations of Ukrainian military vehicles and personnel in several areas of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro regions.

Konashenkov also said the army fired land-based Iskander missiles to destroy four ammunition dumps and three groups of Ukrainian troops near Popasna and Kramatorsk in the east and Yampil in central Ukraine.

He said the military used artillery to strike 315 Ukrainian targets and Russian warplanes carried out 108 strikes to target Ukrainian troops and military equipment.

Konashenkov’s claims could not be independently verified.

Explosions rock Lviv in western Ukraine

Missile strikes on Lviv
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LVIV, Ukraine – The regional military administration and the mayor’s office said several missiles hit this western town on Monday morning.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said Russia had targeted the city with four missile strikes. Smoke could be seen rising above the city after the blasts around 8:30 a.m. local time.

The exact targets remain unclear, but the blasts rocked what was a safe haven in the country throughout Russia’s war.

Lviv has become a city of refuge for those fleeing fighting in central and eastern Ukraine, with more and more displaced Ukrainians continuing to arrive daily by train and car.

The city also serves as a hub for military and humanitarian supplies, as much of the equipment and goods that are sent to Ukraine from the west cross the Polish border some 40 miles away.

Ukraine releases video of Medvedchuk calling for Mariupol swap

Ukraine’s State Security Service posted a video on its Telegram channel on Monday appearing to show a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician asking Russia to trade him for the safe release of residents and fighters in the port city. besieged Mariupol.

Viktor Medvedchuk, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, has been detained in Ukraine since April 12, with his wife recently claimed that he appeared to have been beaten while in police custody, according to Reuters.

In the video posted on Telegram, Medvedchuk appears to appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy to facilitate the exchange. The video has not been independently verified by NBC News, and the circumstances under which the apparent request was made were not immediately clear.

Tens of thousands of people have fled Mariupol, but more than 100,000 civilians are trapped in the city without access to food, water, heating, medicine and other basic necessities, according to Ukrainian officials.

Take refuge in Lviv

Russian forces attack civilian targets in Lviv, killing six people
People took shelter after an air raid siren sounded in Lviv, Ukraine on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Four dead after Russian forces were accused of shooting civilians in Luhansk, official says

A Ukrainian official said Monday that at least four people had died after Russian forces fired on civilians trying to flee the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region on Monday.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Monday, Serhiy Hadai, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said Russian forces opened fire on a car carrying civilians. “Four people died,” he said.

At least one person was seriously injured, Hadai said. However, he said doctors were unable to reach them due to the “endless shelling”.

Hadai said control of the city was “lost”, with street fighting also breaking out in the Kreminna.

9 civilians killed, 25 injured in Kharkiv shelling

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 others injured in shelling on Sunday evening in the Kharkiv region, state administration officials said.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday, the Kharkiv regional state administration said Russian forces shelled residential areas in the city of Kharkiv on Sunday evening, killing six people and injuring 24 others.

He added that shelling in Derhachi, about 16 km northwest of Kharkiv, also killed two people and injured one person. Another civilian died in an attack in Zolochiv, about 40 km northwest of Kharkiv, he added.

NBC News was unable to independently verify the attacks or the reported death toll.

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Firefighters fight a blaze in Lviv

Russian forces attack civilian targets in Lviv, killing six people
Firefighters battle a blaze after a civilian building in Lviv, Ukraine was hit by a Russian airstrike on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Deadly strikes hit central Dnipropetrovsk region, local officials say

At least two people were killed in a Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region, the local governor said.

The deadly blast hit infrastructure, while another destroyed railway infrastructure but caused no injuries, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said in a message on Telegram.

Ukraine completes EU accession questionnaire

Ukraine has filled out a questionnaire which will serve as a starting point for the European Union to decide whether to join, said Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed the questionnaire to Zelenskyy during her visit to Kyiv earlier this month, promising a faster start to Ukraine’s bid for EU membership after the invasion of Russia.

“Today I can say that the document was completed by the Ukrainian side,” Zhovkva told Ukrainian state television on Sunday evening.

The European Commission will have to issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary membership criteria, he added.

Zhovkva added that Ukraine hopes to obtain the status of a candidate country for EU membership in June at a scheduled meeting of the European Council.

“Then we will have to start accession negotiations. And once we hold these talks, we can already talk about Ukraine’s full EU membership,” Zhovkva said.

At least 7 dead in strikes in Lviv, local officials say

At least seven people were killed, including a child, and 11 others injured in the missile strikes on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, local officials said.

Four strikes hit the city early Monday, regional governor Maksym Kozytskiy said, including three targeting military infrastructure and one hitting a car repair shop.

The sites were all badly damaged, Kozytskiy said, with emergency services working to put out the ongoing fires.

The city’s mayor said 11 people were injured in addition to the 6 deaths reported so far.

Shockwaves shattered the windows of a hotel housing evacuated Ukrainians, according to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi.

A photo shows the aftermath of an explosion near Lviv station

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