The violence has returned to approach the border of Ukraine with territory of the European Union. Missile attacks on the Ukrainian city of Lviv, about 80 kilometers from the border with Poland, have caused the death of at least six people on Monday, according to regional sources reported by the Ukrinform news portal. According to these sources, at least eight people have been injured in this offensive, directed in part against military infrastructure. The mayor of the city, Andriy Sadovi, previously reported through the Telegram network that five missiles had fallen in the city in the last few hours. Meanwhile, the city of Mariupol, in the southeast of the country, is reluctant to cede control to Russia in the face of the atrocious military siege it has suffered for weeks and the Kremlin’s ultimatum. The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, has criticized this morning the delay in the delivery of weapons committed by the allied countries.
“Five targeted missile attacks on Lviv. The relevant emergency services have already left for the place [donde han caído]. We are trying to gather more information”, said the mayor.
For his part, the head of the military region of this city, Maksim Kozitskyi, has reported on his Facebook page that the city was hit by at least four missiles. The governor specified that the bombardments had reached military infrastructure and a tire garage, which caused fires. Kozitskyi recommended that the population remain sheltered in anticipation of more attacks.
The Ukrainian railway company has stated on Telegram that “several missiles fell near the railway facilities”, without causing casualties and without hindering traffic. The chairman of the company’s board of directors, Alexander Kamychin, has stated that the damaged infrastructure will be repaired. “The railway is still running,” he added.
Lviv has been, since the Russian invasion on February 24, one of the main exit points from the country for Ukrainians fleeing the attacks, due to its proximity to the Polish border, about 80 kilometers away.
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On March 26, this city suffered a series of Russian attacks, two of which left five injured and affected a fuel depot. Lviv was also hit by Russian bombs on March 18, which hit an aircraft repair factory near the airport, causing no casualties.
On March 13, Russian cruise missiles targeted a major military base some 40 kilometers northwest of Lviv, killing at least 35 people and wounding 134.
For its part, Russian aviation has reported attacks on 108 concentration points of soldiers and military equipment in Ukraine in recent hours, according to the morning war report from the Russian Defense Ministry. “The operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out strikes on 108 concentration areas of Ukrainian military personnel and equipment,” spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
The department headed by Sergei Shoigú pointed out that some of these concentration points for “destroyed” soldiers and equipment were near Mikolaiv, in the south; Barvenkovo, in the Kharkov region; in Popasna, in Lugansk, and in Yampol and Kramatorsk, in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine.
While Russia maintains bombardments in various parts of the country, the punished Mariupol resists the siege and ultimatum of the Russian armed forces. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dimitro Kuleba, stated on Monday that this city “no longer exists” after the enormous material damage caused by Russian attacks and stressed that the situation in the city is “hard at the military level” and ” disheartening.” “The city no longer exists. What remains of the Ukrainian Army and a large group of civilians are basically surrounded by Russian forces. They continue their fight, but it seems from the way the Russian Army is behaving in Mariupol that they have decided to raze the city to the ground at any cost,” he said.
Kuleba has highlighted in an interview granted to the American television network CBS that in recent weeks “there have been no contacts with Russian diplomats at the level of the Foreign Ministry” and has stressed that, as the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, “Mariupol could be a ‘red line’.”
Zelensky criticized this Sunday the delay of some allied countries in the deliveries of ammunition and weapons that the Government of Ukraine has been requesting since the beginning of the war. “We are grateful to those who really help with whatever they can. But those who have the weapons and ammunition we need and delay their supply should know that the fate of this battle also depends on them, “said the Ukrainian president in his daily address to the population of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president has assured that each delay in the delivery of weapons is “a permit” for Russia to “take the life” of the Ukrainians. “This is how Russia interprets it. That shouldn’t be the case in reality,” he added.