Russian forces have bombed several Ukrainian cities. At least six people have been killed in a missile strike in the western city of Lviv. Two people were also killed in northeastern Kharkiv, local authorities said. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported on Monday.
Ukrainian officials say four rockets hit three military installations and a car tire repair shop in the city of Lviv. At least 11 people were injured. At this time a large explosion took place and thick black smoke could be seen rising in the city sky. Ukrainian commanders believe the rockets were fired from warplanes coming from the Caspian Sea.
Lviv has not been attacked so far in the Russian operation in Ukraine, which began on February 24. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the northern city of Lviv.
On the other hand, at least two civilians were killed when Russian forces opened fire on a residential building in the city of Kharkiv. The capital, Kiev, was also hit by the blast.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says its military has hit a total of 315 targets inside Ukraine. Mikolayev was also attacked near Kharkiv in the north and Odessa in the south.
Military experts say Russia is trying to weaken Ukraine’s military installations before launching a full-scale offensive in the eastern Donbass region.
Russian attacks in several Ukrainian cities have killed at least 9 people
Reports from the besieged city of Mariupol in the southeast say Russian forces are not allowing anyone to leave or enter the city.
An adviser to the city’s mayor said residents would have to take a pass to get to and from different parts of the city, and some people might be taken to Russia against their will.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereschuk says there is still no agreement with the Russians to allow people trapped in Mariupol and other cities to leave safely.