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Moscow bombs Lviv in an ‘attack on civilians’

Emergency services work in a kyiv neighborhood after being bombed. / AFP

This offensive in the city, without military facilities, “confirms that they are not at war with the Army, but with the population,” laments the governor

Despite attempts to negotiate peace, bombing continues in Ukraine. On Friday morning, the twenty-third day of the invasion, Russian troops fired rockets at Lviv for the first time since the start of the offensive. Six X-555 cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea towards the vicinity of the airport, four of which hit the Sknilov district, where the State Aircraft Repair Plant is located. The building was “completely destroyed,” said the city’s mayor, Andrey Sadovoy. The other two shells were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytskyi noted that the region no longer has any military installations, so now it is just “a humanitarian hub, which has at least 200,000 displaced people. It is an attack on civilians », he denounced. This latest offensive, he added, “confirms once again that they are not at war with the Army, but with the population, the children, the women…”. Authorities reported that no one was killed in the attack, although one person was “slightly injured.”

The bombing continued in kyiv and in Kharkov, the country’s second largest city, where at least 500 people have been killed since the war began. Moscow attacked a residential neighborhood in the Podolsky district. “The enemy continues to attack the capital. Six residential buildings, a kindergarten and a school were damaged,” Mayor Vitaly Klitschko reported. The offensive left one fatality and nineteen wounded, four of them children. Nearly a hundred residents were evacuated. Kharkov experienced another airstrike, which left one dead and eleven wounded. In this case, a six-story university building was destroyed and, as a result, two adjoining houses were damaged.

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The harshness of the missiles hit other parts of the territory, such as Zaporizhia, which suffered two bombs near the city, and Sumy, where as a result of air strikes a fire broke out in a storage building with paint and varnish products. There were no victims or injuries, according to the emergency service.

Attacks on facilities housing civilians have not ceased in Vladimir Putin’s plans. «The Russian Army opened fire on one of the medical institutions in Lisichansk, in Lugansk. In all, they fired ten shells. The hospital and nearby houses were left without windows,” the governor of the region, Serhiy Haidai, was hurt. Also on this territory, Russian troops destroyed more than twenty residential buildings in Severodonetsk and Rubizhne. Two people died and four were injured.

new curfew

“The invaders do not stop burning their national wealth in Ukraine with this war. They will destroy everything they have achieved in the last 25 years,” denounced Volodymyr Zelensky, who applauded Greece and Italy for offering help to restore the maternity hospital and the Mariupol theater, respectively, demolished in recent days by the Kremlin.

The destruction forced Zelenski to impose a new curfew in the capital, from 8:00 p.m. this Friday until 7:00 a.m. this Saturday. Meanwhile, the humanitarian needs in the besieged country are “increasingly urgent”, with more than 200,000 people without water in the Donetsk region and a “serious shortage” of food, water and medicine in cities such as Mariúpol or Sumy, according to Matthew Saltmarsh, UNHCR spokesperson.

Ukraine has already reported that more than a hundred children have died throughout the country as a result of the Russian invasion. As a protest, citizens yesterday placed 109 baby strollers in Rynok Square, in the center of Lviv. The UN, for its part, confirmed yesterday more than 800 dead civilians, 61 of them minors; although it could increase. For this reason, the kyiv authorities advocated establishing a special international court similar to the one in Nuremberg to try senior Russian officials for “war crimes”, of which 1,800 have already been documented.

The UN confirms 800 dead civilians

The United Nations raised the provisional number of civilians killed in Ukraine to 816 since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, in a balance that includes 61 children and that, as the organization itself acknowledges, is “considerably” below the foreseeable real data, reports Europa Press.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is trying to produce an impartial account of what is happening in Ukraine, of the effects that the Russian offensive is having on the population. For now, he has confirmed 2,149 dead and wounded.

Most of the victims correspond to the use of wide-range explosive weapons, according to the UN, which assumes the delay in verifying the data and in receiving information from areas such as Mariúpol, the target of a fierce siege by the troops. Russian and allied rebels. In fact, the Ukrainian authorities have already reported that more than a hundred children have died throughout the country as a result of the Russian invasion.

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