Russia attacks major cities in Ukraine, holding on to Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces have renewed missile strikes on Kyiv and intensified shelling on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, in preparation for a full-scale Russian offensive in Ukraine, in an open strategy to thwart Ukraine’s security. East.

These attacks, and others scattered across the country, were an explosive reminder that the whole country was under threat from the Ukrainians and their Western supporters.

With the siege of the port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said Russia was “deliberately trying to destroy everyone there.” He said Ukraine urgently needed more heavy weapons from the West.

Every day brings new discoveries to the civilian population affected by the invasion that has eroded European security. Authorities say the bodies of more than 900 civilians have been found in cities and villages outside Kiev since Russian troops retreated two weeks ago, most of them shot dead.

After the primary humiliating loss of its Black Sea Navy, A Russian military command promising to step up missile strikes on the capital. The Russians say they hit the armored vehicle plant on Saturday, a day after the missile plant was targeted.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko advised residents who had left the city earlier in the war not to return.

“We do not rule out further strikes in the capital,” he said. “If you have the opportunity to stay in safe cities for a while, do it.”

The mayor said one person was killed and several others were injured in Saturday’s strike. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The sprawling area on the southeast edge of the capital is a mix of Soviet-style apartments, new shopping centers and large box retail outlets, industrial areas and train stations.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the attack targeted an armored vehicle plant. He did not specify where the factory was located, but there was one in the Dornitsky district.

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He said the plant was also among several Ukrainian military bases attacked by “high-precision long-range weapons fired by the wind.”

Russian missiles strike city, foreign embassies scheduled to reopen as residents leave for a walk and other temporary signs Following the failure of Russian troops to capture Kiev and their withdrawal, the city’s pre-war life began to resurface.

Kiev is one of many destinations on Saturday. The Office of the President of Ukraine has announced that it has conducted missile strikes and shelling in the last 24 hours in eight regions of the country.

The governor of the Lviv region in western Ukraine, which has only occasionally been affected by the violence of the war, announced airstrikes on a Russian Su-35 aircraft departing from neighboring Belarus.

In the northeast of Kharkiv, Mayor Ihor Terekov said three people had been killed and 34 wounded on Saturday. An explosion is believed to have been caused by a missile, which rescue workers were chasing near the outdoor market. They said one person was killed and at least 18 were injured.

“All the windows, all the furniture, all the doors were destroyed.”

The previous day, a 15-year-old boy had been killed when rockets hit a residential area in KharkivOne child and at least eight others, officials said.

Said Nate Mook, a member of the World Central Kitchen NGO run by renowned chef Jose Andres. A tweet In Kharkiv, four workers were injured in the strike. Andres Has tweeted that The staff were tense but safe.

Austrian President Carl Neummer, who met with Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week – the first European leader to do so since the invasion began on February 24 – has said that the Russian president is “on his own war logic” against Ukraine.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Nehammer said he believed Putin had won the war and that “we must look into his eyes and face what we see in Ukraine.”

Nehmmer said he met with Putin during a visit to the Kiev suburb of Pucha, where more than 350 bodies were found with evidence of killings and torture under Russian occupation, and that “this is not a friendly conversation.”

Zelenskyy told Ukrainian journalists that the continued siege of Mariupol had come at a terrible cost to the trapped and starving civilians, who could thwart talks to end the war.

“Destroying all of our comrades in Mariupol – what they are doing now – can put an end to any kind of negotiation,” he said.

Later, in his nightly video conference for the Nation, Zhelensky said that Ukraine needed more Western support to save Mariupol.

“Our partners can immediately supply Ukraine with the necessary heavy weapons, aircraft and without exaggeration, thus reducing the pressure of the invaders on Mariupol and breaking the siege,” he said. The role of our allies in this must be decisive.

Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had been evacuated from most of the city and were relying only on the large Azovstel steel plant.

Russian Maj. Gen. Vladimir Frolov, who was one of those who besieged Mariupol, died in battle and was buried Saturday in St. Petersburg, Governor Alexander Beklov said. Ukraine says several Russian generals and dozens of other high-ranking officials have been killed in the war.

The capture of Mariupol would allow Russian forces in the south, which came through the annexed Crimean peninsula, to fully integrate with troops in the Donbass region, the eastern industrial hub of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy estimates that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian troops were killed and about 10,000 wounded in the war. The Office of the Attorney General of Ukraine said on Saturday that at least 200 children had been killed and more than 360 injured.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshuk said on Saturday that Russian forces had captured about 700 Ukrainian troops and more than 1,000 civilians. Ukraine holds the same number of Russian troops as prisoners and wants to arrange a transfer, but demands the release of civilians “unconditionally.”

Russia’s warning of attacks on Kiev came on Thursday, following Ukraine’s accusations that seven people had been injured in airstrikes in Bryansk on the Ukrainian border and that about 100 residential buildings had been damaged. Ukrainian officials have not confirmed whether Russia hit the targets.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday called for “gestures of peace in these days marked by the horrors of war” during an Easter awareness prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica attended by the mayor of the occupied Ukrainian city of Melidopol and three members. Parliament of Ukraine. Francis did not directly mention Russia’s invasion, but called for an Easter ceasefire and peace.


Chernov reported from Kharkiv. The report was co-authored by Jessica Fish from Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Robert Burns from Washington, and the Associated Press around the world.


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